EVA Issues in the News
Dylan Matthews of Vox profiles five anti-poverty plans proposed by Democratic presidential contenders for Election 2020 in this article published by Vox on January 30, 2019. From expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to providing rent assistance and child allowances, the proposals seek to lift millions of Americans out of poverty — and could give much needed attention to the economic security of poor and low-income families on the national policy stage. Read the following excerpt and click through to the full article to learn more.
Presidential campaigns are not usually about poverty. It’s a neglected issue, not least because most voters, even in Democratic primaries, live above the poverty threshold, and so economic policy tends to be discussed in terms of helping the “middle class” or “American families,” not the poorest of the poor.
2020 is shaping up to be a little different. Several Democratic presidential candidates have coalesced on a distinctive approach to fighting poverty — transferring people money — and are including it as part of bigger proposals that help poor and middle-class people alike, ensuring that these ideas have a more prominent spot in the campaign than past anti-poverty plans have had.
So far, rumored and announced candidates have outlined at least five formal proposals designed to direct additional cash to low-income households. These proposals, all co-authored by senators — Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Sherrod Brown, and Michael Bennet (Rep. Ro Khanna is a co-sponsor on one) — attempt to do different things: Two would expand the earned income tax credit (EITC), another two offers assistance for rent, and one is a child allowance. But they all have the same overriding objective: improving the lives of low-income Americans.
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