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State's 'safety net' worked during recession, says researcher

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UW-Madison researchers said poverty in Wisconsin actually went down in the final year of the Great Recession, even though the Census Bureau said poverty went up.

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The difference is that the Census Bureau does not consider government programs, like BadgerCare and food stamps that poor people use.

When you add those in, the Wisconsin Poverty Project at the UW says the state's actual poverty rate fell in 2009 and 2010 from 11.1% to 10.3%.

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