According to the most recent Wisconsin Poverty Report, poverty is a major issue in many parts of Wisconsin, particularly in the very rural Northwest and the very urban Southeast. This report is published annually by the Wisconsin Poverty Project in the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It compares the Wisconsin Poverty Measure (WPM) and the market-income poverty measures to provide a nuanced picture of economic hardship in the state. The WPM uses data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, called FoodShare in Wisconsin), housing programs, and direct taxes, including refundable tax credits.
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