Cut Child Poverty by Half

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Report by NASEM:    Reduce the Number of Children in Poverty by Half in 10 Years and
for a cost of $199.5 billion we can save up to $550 billion !

Child poverty costs the U.S. between $800 billion and $1.1 trillion annually, based on the estimated value of:-

  • reduced adult productivity,
  • increased costs of crime, and
  • health expenditures associated with children growing up in poor families. 
  When poor children grow up, they:
  • have lower income,
  • are more dependent on public assistance,
  • have more health problems, and
  • are more likely to commit crimes.

More than 9.6 million children lived in a family with annual income below the poverty line in 2015. The 2015 poverty line for a two-parent, two-child family was $26,000 (for renters AND homeowners with a mortgage). Roughly 2.1 million children lived in “deep poverty,” defined as having family resources below half of the poverty line

To reduce child poverty in the United States by half within 10 years ( by 2029):-

  1. More Earned Income Tax Credit EITC and
  2. More Child Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC)
  3. More Food Stamps the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and
  4. More Housing Vouchers.

    Cost $90.7 billion per year .
    Adds about 400,000 workers and generate $2.2 billion in annual earnings.


  5. A child allowance,
  6. a new Child Support Assurance Program,
  7. an increase in the Minimum Wage, and
  8. Elimination of the immigrant eligibility restrictions imposed by the 1996 welfare reform.

    Cost $108.8 billion per year
    Increases employment by more than 600,000 jobs and earnings by $13.4 billion.

So for a cost of $199.5 billion we can save up to $550 billion -- it's a NO BRAINER !

Source: National Acadamies of Science, Engineering & Medicine


  • Minimum Wage $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage to $10.25 and index it to inflation
  • All male heads of families with children and income below 200 percent of the poverty line would be eligible for WorkAdvance Programming. Training slots would be created for 30 percent of eligible men.
  • child allowance  $2,700  --  $225/month for all children under 17
  • Convert the  Child Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) to an unconditional Credit.
  • EITC 40% increase
  • Increase Food Stamps 35%
  • Increase Housing Vouchers to families with children (70% of those new families would use them)
  • Child Support $100 per month