New Census Data Show How the Safety Net Reduces Poverty

November 6, 2013 by

Source: US Census Bureau

Refundable tax credits, access to health insurance, Social Security income, nutrition assistance, housing vouchers, and low-income heating assistance are lifting families in Maine and across the nation out of poverty, new Census Bureau data show.

The Bureau provides both “official” and “supplemental” measures of poverty, and there are important and revealing distinctions between them that help to explain why Maine succeeds better than other states at … Read the rest

Maine’s slow job and employment recovery makes food benefit cuts worse

November 1, 2013 by

On November 1, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for a quarter of a million Mainers will decrease by $11 to $36 per month depending on household size. At this benefit level, thousands of Maine people will … Read the rest