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    Minimum Wage Benefits Suburban Teenagers, Not Single Parents

    President Obama argued in his State of the Union address that “no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.” That is a noble goal, but it has little to do with the minimum wage rate. Only 2.9 percent of U.S. employees work for the federal minimum wage … More

    Senator Sessions Makes Case for Freeing People from Welfare

    “No longer can we measure compassion by how much we spend on poverty but how many people we help to lift out of poverty,” says Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL). Since the War on Poverty began back in the 1960s, the federal government has spent nearly $20 trillion (adjusting for inflation) … More

    Why Is The Latino Poverty Rate So High?

    Read this post in Spanish at Libertad.org It has been reported recently that the poverty rate among Latinos has reached 28 percent. The number, based on a new poverty measure by the Obama Administration, should be interpreted with caution, as explained here and here. However, the overall point that more … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Is the Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    New research shows that marriage is the nation’s best antidote to child poverty. This holds true in every state across the country. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation introduced a new web page illustrating how marriage protects against child poverty. The new web page features 14 charts, a new Special Report … More

    Marriage: The Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    The collapse of marriage, along with a dramatic rise in births to single women, is the most important cause of childhood poverty—but government policy doesn’t reflect that reality, according to a special report released today by The Heritage Foundation. Nearly three out of four poor families with children in America … More

    PODCAST: Poverty in America

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, senior fellow Robert Rector breaks down the myths, distortions and confusion surrounding poverty in America. Make sure to listen to the full podcast, here. According to government data, one in seven Americans is poor, but is that really true? What does it mean to … More

    Marriage, Happiness, and a Prayer of a Chance at Escaping Poverty

    With the recently released numbers regarding poverty levels in America, public concern is heightened, in particular, regarding the plight of America’s impoverished children. This concern should generate a focus on what might empower them to rise up from poverty—and, in turn, what factors promote stable marriages. Research clearly indicates that … More