POLICY MATTERS: Public Programs Reduce Poverty
Policy does matter - the MA facts above are proof that public policy that supports public programs both federally and at the state level do make a difference. Despite the Trump administration saying that the war on poverty is over (see
Urban Wire: Poverty, Vulnerability and the Safety Net
there is much work to do. To be sure, safety net programs are working, helping hundreds of thousands of people in MA move out of poverty. Yet, profound inequality persists. We cannot stop funding these programs, and we must continue to work together on well-designed reforms that remove barriers for recipients to work and better their lives.