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Wisconsin Poverty Report: Progress Against Poverty Stalls in 2016

Wisconsin Community Action Program Association


Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Wisconsin Poverty Report:
Progress Against Poverty Stalls in 2016


Executive Summary
Wisconsin’s Economy and Program Participation during the Recession
Why is the Wisconsin Poverty Measure Needed?
Methods and Data for Measuring Poverty under the WPM
Poverty and the Effectiveness of the Safety Net in Wisconsin, by Measure and Population
Wisconsin Poverty in 2016
Trends in Wisconsin Poverty, 2008 to 2016
Using the Wisconsin Poverty Measure to Assess the Effect of Policies on Poverty
Poverty Within Wisconsin: Poverty Rates by County or Multicounty Substate Areas

Press Coverage

Study: Wisconsin poverty rate increases
Wisconsin Gazette – The 10th annual Wisconsin Poverty Report released June 8 found the rate increased to 10.8 percent in 2016, compared to 9.7 percent in 2015...They found poverty rates rose for children and elders as well using a tool called the Wisconsin Poverty Measure...

Brad Paul, executive director of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, said in a news release that the study “reveals the rugged persistence of poverty in our state. It is particularly concerning to see increases among children and the elderly and these findings point to both the need for comprehensive public policy solutions and a broad commitment from Wisconsinites to fight poverty. No family or individual should struggle to meet their basic needs when our collective wealth is so great.”



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