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The Stimulus Package (HR1) and Low-Income Families

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Publication Date: April 2009

Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center

Author(s): Margaret Simms

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Economics (Economic theory)

Keywords: Families/Parenting; Economic Well-being; State and Local Finance; Employment

Type: Report


This speech, given at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, discusses how the stimulus package addresses the policy needs of low-income working families. It focuses on three questions: how it might reduce poverty in the short term; how it might help position service providers for addressing poverty in the long term; and what researchers can do to inform future policies in this area. Efforts are compared to the following goals: increasing wages, promoting job stability and upward mobility, and providing income supports when needed.