Greenstein: “America’s concern for the poor is about to be tested”

With the 115th Congress convening today, CBPP President Robert Greenstein’s Washington Postop-ed explains that GOP leaders will likely pursue radical changes in core safety net programs this year and shrink other important programs for low- and moderate-income people. Here’s the opening: Poor Americans are facing the gravest threat to the federal safety net in decades […]

Still falling short on hours and pay: Part-time work becoming new normal

What this report finds: An ongoing structural shift toward more intensive use of part-time employment by many employers is driving the elevated rate of involuntary part-time work. Over six years into an economic recovery, the share of people working part time because they can only get part-time hours remains at recessionary levels. The number working […]

Severe Deprivation in America: An Introduction

A Life Crystal Mayberry was born prematurely on a spring day in 1990 shortly after her pregnant mother was stabbed eleven times in the back during a robbery.1 The attack induced labor. Both mother and daughter survived. It was not the first time Crystal’s mother had been stabbed. For as far back as she can […]