News Release

Poverty: One Year After Katrina

ROBERT GREENSTEIN
LAWRENCE MISHEL
JARED BERNSTEIN
Greenstein is executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Mishel is president of the Economic Policy Institute and Bernstein is director of the Living Standards Program at EPI.

They will hold a joint conference call briefing Tuesday, August 29, at 1:30 p.m. (ET) to provide analysis of the new Census Bureau figures for 2005 on poverty, income, and health insurance coverage that will be released at 10:00 a.m. (ET) that morning. Media can contact Bazie to sign up.

JOEL BLAU
Professor of social policy and director of the PhD program at the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Blau is author of a number of books on economic and social policy including Illusions of Prosperity: America’s Working Families in an Age of Economic Insecurity.

HEATHER BOUSHEY
JOHN SCHMITT
Senior economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Boushey said today: “This ‘recovery’ hasn’t really been a recovery for the typical American family. … At the same time, productivity has been rising, meaning that while the economy has been moving forward, American workers have not been receiving a fair share.”

Also a senior economist with CEPR, Schmitt said today: “Declining coverage rates in the Current Population Survey (CPS), which is the source of the annual official poverty estimates, mean that many of the non-working poor are falling out of the survey. We estimate that the number of Americans living in poverty today would be about 600,000 higher than reported if this important national survey had a coverage rate equal to that of the Decennial Census for 2000.”
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NEIL DEMAUSE
JULIE HOLLAR
DeMause wrote the recent piece “Katrina’s Vanishing Victims: Media Forget the ‘Rediscovered’ Poor.” Hollar is an analyst with Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, which published the piece in its magazine, Extra!
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167