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Third and State This Week: Record Poverty, Public-Sector Job Losses, and Ending Loser Liberalism

This week we blogged about new data on poverty in America, public-sector job losses putting a drag on the economy, and a new book by economist Dean Baker explaining how we can put an end to “loser liberalism.”

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

  • On poverty, Michael Wood blogged about new Census data showing the American poverty rate has risen to its highest level since 1993 and that the number of people living in poverty is at a record high. Christopher Lilienthal shared charts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities interpretting the Census data and linked to another Center analysis showing that by several measures poverty is worse than it has been in decades.
  • On health care, Sharon Ward highlighted a recent policy brief from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center showing that on the six-month anniversary of adultBasic’s end, few former enrollees have signed on to the alternative insurance options offered to them.
  • On jobs and the economy, Mark Price commented on the increase in Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate last month and how declining public-sector employment is continuing to be a drag on the economy.
  • Finally, Stephen Herzenberg blogged about a new book by economist Dean Baker with the provocative title The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive and an online discussion of the book planned for Sunday from 5-7 p.m.

More blog posts next week. Keep us bookmarked and join the conversation!

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