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Wednesday, February 12
6:15 am - 7:00 am

Plenary Session - Understanding and Addressing “Benefit Cliffs”

Regency BCD (Ballroom Level)


Disjointed public programs may result in "benefits cliffs: that cause public assistance to fall abruptly as a family's earnings increase slightly. This is especially concerning when families are still below a family-sustaining income. Understanding the myths and realities of benefits cliffs is important not only for state and local policy development but also for state workforce agencies as they help workforce customers plan careers and identify solid career pathways. During this discussion addressing one barrier to economic mobility, our panelists will share complementary insights, strategies, and tools for "making work pay."


Stuart Andreason, Director of the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta