New York Times Cites Poverty Center in Urging More Support for Families

March 3, 2023 @ 9:44 pm

The current presidential administration has come up short in supporting families with children, says New York Times economics writer Binyamin Appelbaum, drawing on research from the School’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy.

In his March 1 opinion column “And Child Care for All,” Appelbaum cites the Center’s research on the expiration of the child tax credit, observing, “At the end of 2022, despite continued economic growth, roughly 3.7 million more American children were living in poverty than at the end of 2021, according to the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University.”

Appelbaum bemoans the federal government’s shift from a “truly domestic” agenda—the well-being of working families with children—toward infrastructure improvements, corporate handouts, and aid to manufacturing firms. He suggests that President Biden expand his new strategy of stipulating that businesses receiving subsidies provide affordable child care for their employees.

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy produces cutting-edge research to advance the understanding of poverty and the role of social policy in reducing poverty and promoting opportunity, economic security, and individual and family wellbeing in New York City and the United States. Most recently it has proposed a federal birth grant that would reduce poverty for newborns and their families. You can browse the Center’s other recent publications here.

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