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Poverty in the U.S.

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Poverty, a persistent problem in the U.S., will soon be getting more attention, both nationally and locally. Nationally, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reauthorization Act of 1996, which has set federal welfare policy for the past five years, must be reconsidered by Congress in 2001. In Ohio, legislation enacted in 1997 set a three-year limit on the receipt of welfare cash assistance benefits. The first recipients to reach this limit were removed from the welfare rolls as of October 1.

Suggested citation: "Poverty in the U.S.," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 00-11, pp. 14-16, 11.01.2000.

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