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By Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer
Jessica Compton’s family members of 4 may don't have any funds source of revenue except she donated plasma two times every week at her neighborhood donation heart in Tennessee. Modonna Harris and her teenage daughter Brianna in Chicago frequently haven't any nutrients yet spoiled milk on weekends.
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After another few minutes, an official-looking woman with a clipboard emerges from a closed door at the side of the waiting room. m. and got a number from the staff person who was on duty at the time. Finally, she reaches Modonna. ” Modonna shakes her head no. “Well, you’ll have to come back tomorrow,” she says. m.? Everyone knows you have to get here by at least 7:30, a full hour before the office opens. As the woman moves on, delivering the same grim message over and over, most people shuffle off.
In short, any dollar that made it into the house—no matter what the source—would be counted toward a family’s income. And after he made his initial calculations, he’d do another set of calculations, adding in the value of tax credits plus some of the nation’s biggest in-kind assistance programs for the poor, particularly SNAP. SNAP is more like cash than any of the government’s noncash programs aimed at helping the poor. The results of Shaefer’s analysis were staggering. 5 million households with roughly 3 million children were surviving on cash incomes of no more than $2 per person, per day in any given month.
Yet for all this spending, these programs, except for SNAP, have offered little to help Modonna and Brianna during their roughest spells, when Modonna has had no work. To see clearly who the winners and losers are in the new regime, compare Modonna’s situation before and after she lost her job. In 2009, the last year she was employed, her cashier’s salary was probably about $17,500. After taxes, her monthly paycheck would have totaled around $1,325. While she would not have qualified for a penny of welfare, at tax time she could have claimed a refund of about $3,800, all due to refundable tax credits (of course, her employer still would have withheld FICA taxes for Social Security and Medicare, so her income wasn’t totally tax-free).
$2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin, H. Luke Shaefer