Recent Census figures show that the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 had a substantial impact on low-income families across the country. Provisions of the Recovery Act, including extension of unemployment insurance, assistance programs for low-income Americans, and tax credits for working families, kept 4.5 million people out of poverty that same year.
What makes an economy shine in the eyes of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)? Apparently, grinding poverty. ALEC recently ranked Arizona as the state with the 3rd best "Economic Outlook," despite new Census Bureau poverty figures that show Arizona has the 2nd highest poverty rate in the nation at 21%, trailing only Mississippi -- a steep drop from 2007 when the state had the 14th highest poverty rate in the nation.
On Tuesday, December 8th, President Barack Obama delivered an address to the Brookings Institution on
the need for increased focus on the job crisis that is affecting so
many working families across the country.