Every person in Wisconsin deserves a chance to climb the economic ladder. But too many in Wisconsin are still trapped in poverty, years after the recession has ended. By making sure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed, we can … Continue reading
New federal poverty level (FPL) figures were released in January and began to apply to BadgerCare on Feb. 1, 2014. This one-page document shows those figures for different family sizes and translates them into the key percentages of the FPL for purposes of BadgerCare and the Affordable Care Act. It includes the monthly and hourly amounts, as well as the annual figures, and it explains the relevance of different percentages of the FPL. Continue reading
Childhood poverty is increasing in Wisconsin faster than the national rate. Milwaukee has the fourth-highest level of concentrated poverty of any large city in America, and we have huge racial disparities in child poverty rates. Continue reading
WCCF has analyzed county-level Census Bureau data on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage for 21 Wisconsin counties, and found that state residents have not yet fully rebound from the impact of the recession that began five years ago. Continue reading
This chart is a handy reference for the income levels that are relevant for BadgerCare and the Affordable Care Act. It shows the income limits and thresholds for people in different family sizes from 100% to 400% of the federal … Continue reading
Last year the state budget process was extremely contentious throughout Wisconsin. Lost on many amid the furor over collective bargaining, cuts to K-12 education, and reduced aid to our communities was the repeal of in-state tuition for undocumented students. Continue reading
The typical Wisconsin family was better off in 2015 than in 2014, but Wisconsin residents still earn less than they did before the recession. Continue reading
Increased Flexibility for States Has Meant Reduced Assistance for Low-income Families Some conservative lawmakers want to use the welfare reform block grant program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) as a model for major changes to Medicaid. The … Continue reading
A week has passed since the death of Sylville Smith in Sherman Park. I am in no position to comment on the details of the events that led to his killing, or its aftermath. But I do think it is … Continue reading
In Part 1 of this blog, we described the data on suspensions and expulsion by race/ethnicity in the United States. But, what about Wisconsin? Unfortunately, rates of suspensions and expulsions in Wisconsin are more disparate than they are nationally. According to … Continue reading
Last week the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) took an important step in recognizing the tremendous impact of child poverty and other social determinants of health in child development. They also recognized the critical role pediatricians can and should play … Continue reading
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on Wisconsin poverty rates shows that the number of Wisconsin residents living in poverty averaged 13% across the 2010-2014 post-recession time frame — the highest since 1984, according to the analysis by UW-Madison’s Applied Population … Continue reading
As the Assembly wrapped up its work last Thursday, it passed a measure that could significantly change public benefit programs in Wisconsin. That might be positive or negative – depending on how two state agencies respond to the open-ended directive … Continue reading
Thanksgiving is the time when we celebrate food and the pleasure of sharing it with family and friends. That makes it a very appropriate time to appreciate that the federal food stamp program provides well targeted assistance to millions of Americans who … Continue reading
The number of Wisconsin children living in poverty has risen dramatically since the recession and stayed high, according to recent numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Imagine if the state issued just one driver’s license per family and continued to prohibit people from driving without a state-issued driver’s license. Needless to say, state lawmakers wouldn’t subject themselves and their families to that sort of extremely problematic … Continue reading
Implement reforms to pay-day lending.
Index the minimum wage to inflation.
Expand the successful Transitional Jobs program.
Strengthen the technical college and University system and improve financial aid to help bridge the jobs gap.