The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published its 23rd annual Kids Count Data Book, and the news? Is mixed. From the report (which you can read here: KIDSCOUNT2012DataBookFullReport):
Unlike the domains of education and Health, where children are benefiting from long- term progress overall, the economic well-Being of children and families has plummeted because of the recession.
In 2000, the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative mea- sure of economic hardship, was 17 percent. From 2000 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty jumped from 12.2 million to 15.7 million, an increase of nearly 30 percent. The additional 3.5 million children living in poverty is nearly equivalent to the entire population of the city of Los Angeles.
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Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-FL) recently told a young man to get a job, when the young man told him he already had one, but it did not pay enough to support him.
Rep. Young had been asked if he’d support a bill proposed by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) that increases the federal minimum wage to $10. Here’s more on the minimum wage, which in Connecticut is $8.25. Even at a $1 more than the current federal minimum wage, the Connecticut Housing Coalition says the housing wage in the state — what a person must earn in order to afford a clean and safe two-bedroom apartment — is $23.58. No way can minimum wage in this state be considered a living wage.
You can read more about the state’s housing wage here: CT2
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From Paul Froese, at Religion & Politics:
…economic perspectives are indelibly tied to religious cosmologies. Voters need not choose between God and mammon. Instead, they tend to see their money, the market, and the economy as a reflection of their God.
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