ERIC Number: ED245053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Poverty Rate Increase. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Public Assistance and Unemployment Compensation of the Committee on Ways and Means. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session (October 18; November 3, 1983). Serial 98-55.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Ways and Means.
The major purpose of these hearings was to assess the reasons for the increase in the poverty rate, from 11.4 percent in 1978 to 15 percent in 1983. Topics examined included (1) the relation of the increase to the recession, demographic trends, budget reductions, and the 10-year decline in the real level of public assistance benefits; (2) the Supplemental Security Income program and its role in reducing poverty; (3) the impact of tax policy on the disposable income of low-income families; (4) the extent to which improvements in the economy would contribute to a decrease in the poverty rate; (5) what changes in the law would yield the greatest decrease in poverty; and (6) measures of poverty other than the current official one and their recent trends. Testimony was given by representatives of the Reagan Administration and other Federal Officials, State officials, witnesses from charitable organizations, and expert witnesses. CMG)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Ways and Means.