The Stimulus Package (HR1) and Low-Income Families
Publication Date: April 2009
Publisher(s): Tax Policy Center
Author(s): Margaret Simms
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Families/Parenting; Economic Well-being; State and Local Finance; Employment
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.