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Sheldon Danziger interviewed for Associated Press article, "Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sheldon Danziger was quoted in an Associated Press article about the latest census data,which indicates that poverty is on the rise, with a record number of Americans classified as low-income earners.

"Safety net programs such as food stamps and tax credits kept poverty from rising even higher in 2010, but for many low-income families with work-related and medical expenses, they are considered too 'rich' to qualify," said Danziger, director of the National Poverty Center.

"The reality is that prospects for the poor and the near poor are dismal," he said. "If Congress and the states make further cuts, we can expect the number of poor and low-income families to rise for the next several years."

This article appeared in a number of news outlets, including:

ABC News
Businessweek
CBS News
The Indianapolis Star