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In the News: Wisconsin Poverty Report, May 2017

In the News:  Wisconsin Poverty Report, May 2017
July 1, 2016 Poverty Facts

According to the UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty report, "WISCONSIN POVERTY REPORT FOR 2015: A Short Summary The 9th Annual Report of the Wisconsin Poverty Project May 2017" - 

"A major finding of this year’s report is that market-income poverty, which measures resources from private earnings and investment income, fell by 1.5 percentage points from the previous year. Meanwhile, benefits from the safety net, especially food support and refundable tax credits, played an important role in poverty reduction.

However, national and state changes in SNAP/Foodshare reduced these positive effects in 2015 compared to previous years. Rising childcare and other work related expenses also led to decreased resources for Wisconsin families with children."

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality and the impact of related policies and programs. As the National Poverty Research Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, IRP coordinates the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers in an integrated set of activities with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness of public policies to reduce poverty and inequality and their impacts on the well-being of the American people.

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