Redefining Poverty

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Today, the Census Bureau unveils a new method of determining who's living in poverty. Since the 1960s, people were classified as living in poverty depending on how much they spent on food as a percentage of income. Now, the bureau is adding local cost-of-living factors and federal welfare benefits to the equation. We discuss the potential impact.

Guests:

Matt O'Brien, reporter with the Contra Costa Times

Hilary Hoynes, professor of economics at UC Davis

Betsy Baum Block, vice president of evaluation and insight for United Way of the Bay Area

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