At the federal level, the two categories of budgetary expenditures are entitlement and discretionary spending.
Current law provides rights to spouses of retirement plan participants. Protections are stronger in defined benefit (DB) plans than in defined contribution (DC) plans.
In addition to setting standards with respect to the minimum wage, overtime, and other factors affecting worker pay, the federal government also sets standards for workplace health and safety.
Block grants and unfunded mandates are two government budgetary practices that can have significant implications for lower levels of government.
Federal and state governments have tried to change budget rules to control government spending. Budget rules have also been used to impose fiscal discipline.
Grandparents and other relatives play an important caregiving role in family well-being. Support from extended family is especially vital in families with low incomes.
Under the U.S. Constitution, people are entitled to compensation when a government takes their property. This is known as a taking.
Poverty is defined by comparing household income with the minimum income required for basic needs. People whose income is below the threshold are considered poor.
Policymakers can take action to stimulate the economy.
Federal and state programs help many older people with low incomes. These programs provide access to vital services like income support and health care.