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The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented national emergency requiring a significant federal response. This page provides resources and analysis, tracking the actions our leaders are taking to respond, and providing insights on the state of America’s fiscal and economic outlook during the recovery.
Economists generally agree that public investment in infrastructure has a positive effect on productivity, and therefore on gross domestic product.
SNAP participation varies greatly from state to state.
Most infrastructure spending in the United States comes from state and local governments
State and local governments outspend the federal government in every infrastructure category
Transfers from programs like Medicaid, CHIP, and SNAP represent an increasing share of income for low to middle income groups.
A key assessment of poverty in America is the Official Poverty Measure (OPM), which is calculated by the United States Census Bureau using a range of income and economic data.
The earned income tax credit (EITC) is a measure administered through the tax code to address poverty. It was first enacted in 1975 on a temporary basis amid broader debates about welfare reform and had the primary goal of encouraging people to obtain employment.