Restoring Shared Prosperity

Strategies to Cut Poverty and Expand Economic Growth

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Half in Ten

October 1, 2011

Summary

Launched in 2008, the Half in Ten campaign aims to cut poverty in half over a 10-year period through three major initiatives: raising the minimum wage, making the tax code work better for low-income families and empowering workers who are eligible for child care services. This report looks at the economic challenges facing families in the United States and outlines a set of priorities for addressing these challenges.

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Key Takeaway

A Matter of National Interest

Ending poverty is in our national interest. Our growing population and increasing diversity are sources of economic strength. But we need to provide economic opportunities to all Americans to capitalize on these demographic trends. There are concrete steps we can take to turn the tide on the crisis of poverty.

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Sounding the Alarm

While the number of poor Americans is alarming, so is the large number of struggling individuals who are not considered poor because their incomes place them slightly above the official poverty level. In 2010 more than 103 million people, or one in three, were struggling to make ends meet at incomes below twice the official poverty level. 

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