An Anti-Poverty Program That Makes It Pay to Work

An Anti-Poverty Program That Makes It Pay to Work

Imagine a government-funded anti-poverty tool that encouraged people to work. Now imagine that it’s popular with both Democrats and Republicans, in red states and blue. Turns out we’ve had just such a tool since 1975: the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC....
Turning Our Backs

Turning Our Backs

With the winter winds of January came a flurry of reports that several states were moving to cut thousands of people from their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamp”) rolls. In New Jersey, for example, Governor Chris Christie pulled...
Why Beating Back Inequality Won’t Be Easy

Why Beating Back Inequality Won’t Be Easy

Half a century ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty.” That war would soon make a real difference. In the decade following its 1964 launch, our official poverty rate dropped from 19 to 11.2 percent. But that progress stalled in the...
Feeding the Economy

Feeding the Economy

I never paid much attention to the food stamp debate in Congress before. But I’m on food stamps myself these days, so I’m tuning in this time around. Officially called SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — food stamps are one of those...