Opinion | The U.S. Is Winning the War on Poverty

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Government programs have steadily reduced the share of people in poverty
Last year in the United States, poverty either increased or decreased. Take your pick. The poverty rate rose by the Census Bureau's narrow, official measure, but it fell by the bureau's supplementary measure, which takes into account a wider range of income and expenses, including pandemic assistance.

I think the decline in poverty by the supplementary measure is the true story of 2020, but what really interests me is the long-term pattern. Is poverty in America…
Peter Coy
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