Improving the Safety Net: Cross-Partisan
by: John D. Graham and Kristin Seefeldt
Strategies for a Gridlocked Congress
With more than 50 million Americans struggling to escape poverty following the Great Recession, and a bitterly divided Congress locked in a legislative stalemate, creative cross-partisan solutions are needed to weave a safety net that effectively bounces citizens back to self-sufficiency. In their new book, America’s Poor and the Great Recession (Indiana University Press), SPEA Dean John Graham and Assistant Professor Kristin Seefeldt propose a set of policy guidelines designed to mitigate the harmful effects of economic downturns on low-income individuals and families. These strategies endeavor to simultaneously protect not only vulnerable citizens but also the federal budget, amounting to an actionable plan that bridges liberal and conservative priorities.
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