Reformulate the Federal Poverty Rate

    Programmatic Priorities:

    Maintain and expanded the The current calculation does not accurately capture true levels of economic need because, among other problems, it does not account for a variety of different income sources nor for local variations in the cost of living. A more accurate approach - the U.S. Census's Supplemental Poverty Measure - is a good step in the right direction. A more accurate approach, however, would align with a living wage based on local costs and be tied to factors such as cost of child care.
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