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A Guide to Describing the Income Distribution

Categories: Income/Poverty,Statistics

This report is a guide to various measures, indicators, and graphics commonly used to describe income distribution in the U.S.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Minimum Wages in the EU

Categories: European Union,Income/Poverty

Surveys and discusses the status of minimum wages in the European Union countries, including recent developments, the legal status of minimum wages, and a listing of research on the minimum wage in Europe.  From the European Parliamentary Research Service


The WIC Program: Background, Trends, and Economic Issues, 2015 Edition

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services,Women

Explains how the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children works, examines program trends, and discusses some of the major economic issues confronting the program.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


2014-2015 Teacher Salary Survey Results

Categories: Education,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Virginia Issues$file/HD2.pdf

Provides information on salaries for teachers and principals by local school division,  Also covers average teacher salaries by school and starting salaries by school division.  From the Virginia Department of Education


Final Report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Offers 15 recommendations for changing military compensation and retirement benefits to strengthen the All-Volunteer Force and improve the financial sustainability of the        system.  Claims to save $12 billion annually while maintaining the overall value of compensation and benefits. From the Commission


One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps

Categories: Children,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Press release on status of children and families with links to detailed tables.  Reports that the number of children on food assistance remains higher than it was before the beginning of the 2008-2009 recession.  From the Census Bureau


How Head Start Grantees Set and Use School Readiness Goals: Final Report

Categories: Children,Education,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty

Examines how local grantees set school readiness goals, how they collect and analyze data to measure progress, and how they use data to improve program planning and functioning.  From the Administration for Children and Families of the Health and Human Services Department


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Spending and Policy Options

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Income/Poverty,Marriage/Family,Welfare/Social Services,Women

Provides an overview of the TANF program, the purpose and amounts of federal and state spending, the work requirements for eligibility for cash assistance, and 12 options that Congress might consider in changing TANF.  From the Congressional Budget Office


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