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Monday, February 27, 2017

SAFETY NET’S BIGGEST BENEFICIARIES: WHITE WORKING CLASS


In both percentage terms and absolute numbers, federal safety net programs like SNAP reduced poverty among working-age whites without a college degree more than they did among Hispanics and African Americans with similar educations, and far more than they did among college-educated adults of any race. The number of these working-age whites, in fact, exceeded the combined number of non-college-educated blacks, Hispanics, and members of other races that made such gains. The results underscore the challenge Republicans face reconciling their ideological determination to shrink the federal government with the practical needs of their increasingly working-class coalition.

Source: Atlantic, 2/16/17, Safety Net