The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that SNAP is the only thing averting poverty for more people than ever.
The official poverty numbers don't take into account either government assistance/taxes, or expenses like housing, transportation, medical care, and child care into account. There's a better way to measure disadvantage.
Jeff Duncan wants to get rid of all Census projects other than the actual Census. But $416 billion in government spending depends on that data.
The official poverty rate is a relic, but the Census Bureau is starting to correct that. Their better metric paints a bleaker picture.
The official measure of poverty for 2011 is out. But more and more experts are dismissing that measure.