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Why the minimum wage shouldn't apply to the long-term unemployed -- for now.

  • Rand Ghayad
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  • May 5, 2014
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Nobel prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps explains his proposal for wage subsidies to help low-income workers.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 11, 2013
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Utah's Mike Lee wants to add a new child tax credit, which could help many families escape income taxes entirely.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2013
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In 2011, 1.65 million American households, including 3.55 million children, lived on less than $2 a day per person.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 13, 2013
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It's a big increase in most states, and the current minimum is below historical levels. But Obama's plan might increase unemployment, and there are cheaper options.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 13, 2013
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John Boehner wouldn't just lower taxes on estates and capital gains income. He'd raise them on poor families considerably.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 19, 2012
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The official poverty rate is a relic, but the Census Bureau is starting to correct that. Their better metric paints a bleaker picture.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 14, 2012
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Mitt Romney doesn't just want to cap deductions and lower rates. He also wants to reverse cuts meant to help the poor.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 18, 2012
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If we go over the fiscal cliff, everyone will pay more taxes on each additional dollar they earn. But the hike for poor Americans is especially dramatic.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 11, 2012
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Tax reform will increase the number of people paying no income tax, not decrease it.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 19, 2012
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Government programs kept 33.6 million people, including 6.5 million children, out of poverty last year.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 13, 2012
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The official measure of poverty for 2011 is out. But more and more experts are dismissing that measure.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 12, 2012
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Ask any poverty expert and they'll tell you that the Earned Income Tax Credit is the most effective anti-poverty program in the United States. But those in areas with a lot of knowledge about the credit get an average of $122 more than those in low knowledge areas.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 23, 2012
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