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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Puerto Rico: Information on How Statehood Would Potentially Affect Selected Federal Programs and Revenue Sources

Categories: Govt Finance,Puerto Rico,Taxes,Welfare/Social Services

Examines potential changes to selected federal social services programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Supplemental Security Income, if Puerto Rico were to become a state.  Spending for most of these programs would increase substantially, but the federal government would also collect more from corporate and individual  income taxes.  From the Government Accountability Office


Letter to the Honorable Paul Ryan Regarding Federal Spending for Major Mandatory Spending Programs and Tax Credits That are Primarily Means-Tested

Categories: Govt Finance,Medicare/Medicaid,Taxes,Welfare/Social Services

Contains tables showing federal spending for entitlement programs and tax credits with baseline projections for 2014-2024 and historical spending for the period 2004-2013.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Federal Minimum Wage, Tax-Transfer Earnings Supplements, and Poverty

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Welfare/Social Services

Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of controversial plans to assist low income workers with either a raise in the federal minimum wage eventually to $10.10 per hour or through changes in programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit which supplement earnings. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations,Welfare/Social Services

Reviews the causes of poverty, the history of anti-poverty efforts, the effect of federal programs on labor-force participation, and the current status of these programs.  From the House Budget Committee


Social Security Administration Annual Statistical Supplement 2013

The major annual statistics compilation on social services programs including Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ Compensation and more. From the Social Security Administration


Walking a Tightrope: Are U.S. State and Local Governments on a Fiscally Sustainable Path?

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Welfare/Social Services

Develops a new measure of state and local fiscal sustainability called the “trend gap,” which collects and compares fiscal stresses among states based on pension obligations and social insurance programs. Working paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston


Characteristics of Noninstitutionalized DI and SSI Program Participants, 2010 Update.

Categories: Disability,Income/Poverty,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Updates earlier information on the economic and demographic characteristics of participants in the Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs of assistance.  From the Social Security Administration


Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Welfare/Social Services,Youth

Shares results of a research review and offers recommendations for improving mentoring services for children with parents in prison.  From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


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