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The First Wisconsin Poverty Report

The Institute for Research on Poverty recently released the first-ever Wisconsin Poverty Report, which shows that one in seven Wisconsin children and 10.8% of the state’s population lived in poverty in 2007 (before the economic recession took hold). Presented at the statewide “Building Bridges to Family Economic Success” summit held May 4-5, 2009, in Milwaukee, the report finds that poverty in Wisconsin is rapidly growing with the recession, as reflected in increasing food assistance program enrollment.

IRP Director Tim Smeeding notes, “We see the Wisconsin Poverty Report as a key starting point for the state’s antipoverty plan. The report can be used to target areas of greatest need within our state and subsequent studies could be used to monitor the antipoverty effectiveness of programs and policies.”


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