Tennessee Cities Target Payday Lending Practices

The state’s Financial Empowerment Centers offer low-income residents resources to increase financial resiliency, pay down debt, and avoid predatory lending services.

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The Alarming Effects of Dropping Adults from Medicaid

Evidence from several states shows the harmful effects of work requirements and other measures that restrict enrollment, argues Georgetown professor Thomas DeLeire.

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What Are Candidates for Governor Saying About Poverty?

Spotlight has worked to catalogue the views of 2018 gubernatorial candidates on poverty-related policy questions. See how the candidate’s stack up on issues like job creation, the minimum wage, and the social safety net

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Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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Spotlight Exclusives includes commentaries from policymakers, advocates, academics, and other contributors from all points on the political spectrum, as well as Out of the Spotlight blog posts from our team. New headlines on poverty and economic mobility are posted daily.

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Spotlight on the States

State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity.

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* Hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles, and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.

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