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1992 November

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Child Support Assurance

By Paula Roberts

Under existing child support assurance programs, more single-parent families are freed from poverty because they get a guaranteed support payment of at least a basic amount each month. This articles explores the concept of child support assurance, describes some of the current proposals, and suggests ways that legal services advocates and the client community can become more active in the development of such a system.

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Work and Poverty

State-Level Policies That "Make Work Pay"

By Iris J. Lav & Isaac Shapiro

Although federal tax changes have removed most poor families from the federal Income tax rolls, state and local governments have been increasing the tax burden imposed on the poor. As a result, a large number of the working poor cannot raise themselves out of poverty. This article examines some of the methods that states have taken to help the working poor, including higher minimum wages, more gradual welfare benefit reductions for working families, policies to exempt the working poor from state Income taxes, earned income credits, state sales tax offset credits, and state property tax circuit breakers.

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