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Hank Willis Thomas Exhibit Opens at Portland Art Museum

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NEWS BRIEFS

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OPINION

“Hell No!” That Is My Message to Those Who Would Divide Us 

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ENTERTAINMENT

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By Jennifer Liberto CNN Money

 


Economist Jared Bernstein says the richest 1 percent  have gained at the expense of everyone else


WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- The economic recovery hasn't done all that much for the poor.

But federal programs aimed at helping the poor are keeping some Americans out of poverty, according to a special "supplemental poverty measure" by the Census Bureau released Wednesday.

The poverty rate hasn't budged over the past two years, as nearly 50 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, lived in poverty in 2012, according to the special report.

The special supplemental poverty measure suggests more are living in poverty than reported by what's considered the "official" poverty rate, released in September. The official 2012 rate shows that 46.5 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, live in poverty. That rate is also unchanged over the past two years.

Economists such as Jared Bernstein and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich say that's because the problem lies with government policies that have allowed the wealthiest 1 percent to extract more and more wealth from the economy.  

The special "supplemental poverty measure" differs from the official poverty rate because it takes into account more federal benefits, such as refundable tax credits, food stamps, government heating subsidies, and expenses such as child care and work-related items. It also reflects differences in the cost of housing, which vary depending on geographic area.

Many economists agree that the supplemental report reveals a more accurate picture of who is poor than the official poverty rate.

The supplemental measure showed the importance of programs such as Social Security on the elderly. Without Social Security, some 54.7 percent of Americans age 65-plus would be in poverty, as opposed to 14.8 percent.

Refundable tax credits -- the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit -- proved the next most effective government benefit that keeps Americans out of poverty. It lowered the poverty rate by 3 percentage points.

Another program that helped lower poverty was food stamps, which reduced poverty by 1.6 percentage points. The report suggests that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program the official name for food stamps, kept 5 million people out of poverty, according to Sheldon Danziger, an economist and president of the Russell Sage Foundation, which funds social science research.

Food stamp funding has become a lightning rod for lawmakers, as Republicans push to make it tougher for people to qualify for the program.

"What I take away from the report is that the safety net works," Danziger said. "The report shows that programs, particularly like refundable tax credits, housing subsidies, school lunch subsidies and food stamps, take people out of poverty."

 

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