Total Means-Tested Welfare Spending and Official Poverty Rate, 1947 2012
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Sources: Poverty figures for 1947–1958: Gordon Fisher, “Estimates of the Poverty Population Under the Current Official Definition for Years Before 1959,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 1986. Poverty figures for 1959–2012: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements, “Historical Poverty Tables—People,” Table 2, https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/historical/people.html (accessed September 10, 2014). Means-tested welfare spending figures: Heritage Foundation research, U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
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