50 Years into LBJ’s "War on Poverty": What’s the Role for Tax Policy?
In his January, 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty” and initiated a vast package of spending programs. The Urban Institute was formed in 1968 to evaluate these and other programs in LBJ’s “Great Society.”
In the half-century since, federal anti-poverty programs have undergone a transformation Johnson probably never imagined. Today, many are operated through tax code. Some, such as the earned income tax credit provide cash assistance to low-income working families. Others, such as the New Markets Tax Credit, provide incentives for economic development in disadvantaged communities.
Do these tax subsidies reduce poverty? Are they more effective than spending programs? The Tax Policy Center has brought together some of the nation’s leading experts in tax-based anti-poverty programs to answer these and other questions.
8:30 AM – Breakfast
9 AM - Introduction by Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
9:10 AM -10:40 AM – The Tax Code as a Safety Net
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM – Reducing Poverty through Work Incentives and Community Development
12:00-1:30 PM – Lunch Speaker - Jason Furman, Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers
The Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. The Center is made up of nationally recognized experts in tax, budget, and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government. TPC provides timely, accessible analysis and facts about tax policy to policymakers, journalists, citizens, and researchers.
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