Wisconsin families still haven’t recovered economically from the recession, according to new figures on poverty and income released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week. Here are five charts drawn from the Census data that describe the number of Wisconsin residents who have incomes too low to meet basic needs. 1. Years after the recession […]
Kids Forward Executive Director Ken Taylor delivered the following remarks at our rebranding launch event, A New Name, A New Look, A Renewed Mission, on July 11, 2017. “One of the keys to our organization’s longevity is that we have been willing and able to look forward and change with the times. Our name change is […]
The typical Wisconsin family was better off in 2015 than in 2014, but Wisconsin residents still earn less than they did before the recession.
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 law creating the TANF block grant turns 20 this month, which makes this an opportune […]
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 imperative that we see these tragic events within a larger context, a context that extends […]
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 2013-14 data from the Department of Public Instruction: Only about 4% of all students were […]
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 in identifying and helping to address the needs of patients impacted by poverty. We applaud […]
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 Laboratory.
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 to develop changes. The proposal in question, Assembly Joint Resolution 109, is very vague and […]
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 lack the resources to meet basic food needs. Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Institute […]