Social Safety Net

SNAP Benefits and the Government Shutdown

By ·January 23, 2019
Williams College

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The Issue:

Millions of Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) to make ends meet. Though benefit payments have been made for February, the Federal appropriations lapse means that March payments may be in jeopardy.

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Policy Implications from Rising Economic Inequality

By and ·November 13, 2018
Reed College and University of California, Berkeley

The Issue:

A marked increase in income inequality has been a defining characteristic of the U.S. economy of the past several decades. Progressive tax policy and a social safety net that invests in those at the bottom of the income distribution play a role in mitigating widening inequality in the United States. ...
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Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Universal Basic Income (VIDEO)

By and ·November 9, 2018
Reed College and University of California, Berkeley
Excerpt from webinar with Hilary Hoynes (University of California, Berkeley), Kimberly Clausing (Reed College), and Eduardo Porter (New York Times), October 16, 2018. A collaboration between EconoFact and The Hamilton Project, Brookings.

The Issue:

The idea of universal basic income, a fixed income that every ...
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Can Conditional Cash Transfers Break the Cycle of Poverty?

By ·September 24, 2018
Georgetown University

The Issue:

Programs that give cash to the poor in exchange for a commitment to keep children in school or provide them with basic medical care have become among the most important anti-poverty programs in some countries around the world. These conditional cash transfer programs have grown from just two, in Mexico ...
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Proposed Immigration Rules and the Safety Net

By ·April 3, 2018
Williams College

The Issue:

Current law prevents people who are deemed likely to become a "public charge," that is, dependent upon government support, from becoming legal permanent residents of the United States. The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly proposing to expand the definition and determination of who is a public ...
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Welfare and the Federal Budget

By ·July 25, 2017
University of Maryland

The Issue:

As the Trump administration has been preparing a federal budget and Congress has been talking about tax reform, there has been much attention to the federal budget and federal government spending priorities. One notion that has surfaced in the surrounding political discourse is that the federal government ...
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