Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net

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Social Insurance, Earned Benefits, & Safety Net

Social insurance and earned benefit programs will touch nearly all Americans during their lifetimes, as most people draw Social Security when they retire or rely on government funded medical care in old age. In 2015, the U.S. will spend $900.5 billion on Social Security alone.

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Don't Go Small on Infrastructure

Shailly Gupta-Barnes |

By raising taxes on the wealthy and redirecting other public resources, we can meet everyone’s needs and strengthen our economy.

A Plan to End Poverty in the United States

Sarah Anderson |

A new congressional resolution asserts it’s not only possible to end poverty, but morally necessary.

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Recent Publications

Peace Groups Urge Support for the PRO Act

Ashik Siddique

Washington, DC. — On March 30, the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies joined 20 other leading peace and justice organizations in delivering a letter to U.S. Senators in support of H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, in solidarity with workers demanding expanded labor rights.

Poverty Amidst Pandemic Explainer

Lindsay Koshgarian

 In 2017, 140 million people in the United States were living in poverty or on the verge of poverty using this measure.

With everything changed since 2019, and official poverty measures for 2020 still far in the future, we asked: what has become of the 140 million during the pandemic?  

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