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Saturday, January 21, 2017

California has the nation’s highest poverty rate

Shanty town in Fresno

Insane California

  • What is the point of living in the "Golden State" if most of the money you make goes to rent or to the bank for your home loan?

(Politifact)  -  California’s job and economic growth has outpaced much of the nation in recent years. That growth, however, has not eliminated one of the state’s biggest challenges: poverty.
This week, State Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes called poverty California’s No. 1 priority during a forum of legislative leaders in Sacramento.
Mayes, who represents parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, claimed the state’s poverty rate is higher than any state in the nation when considering factors such as cost-of-living.
"If you look at the official poverty measure in California, we’re about average with the rest of the country," Mayes said. "But if you use the supplemental poverty measure, we are in the lead. We have the highest poverty rate in the nation -- higher than New Mexico, higher than any of the southern states, Louisiana, Alabama, higher than Idaho."
We decided to fact-check whether the report Mayes cited really shows that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.
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Our research
From 2013 to 2015, California had America’s 17th-highest poverty rate, 15 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Official Poverty Measure. That measure uses income levels to determine poverty, but does not consider differences in cost-of-living among states. It lists the official poverty threshold for a two-adult, two-child family at $24,036 in 2015.
During the same period, California had the highest poverty rate, 20.6 percent, according to the census’ Supplemental Poverty Measure. That study does account for cost-of-living, including taxes, housing and medical costs, and is considered by researchers a more accurate reflection of poverty. For a two-adult, two-child family in California, the poverty threshold was an average of $30,000, depending on the region in the state, according to a 2014 analysis by Public Policy Institute of California.
Looking at state poverty rates, the second highest is Florida’s 19 percent, followed by New York’s and Louisiana’s shared 17.9 percent rate. The national average is 15.1 percent using the supplemental measure.
"I think Assemblymember Mayes’ comments are accurate," said Chris Hoene, executive director of the left-leaning California Budget Policy Center, which has closely studied poverty in the state.
Hoene said the high poverty rate in the supplemental report is driven by California’s stratospheric housing costs. He added that use of the supplemental measure has gained wide acceptance among researchers.
"I think in most quarters, that’s not disputed," he said.
Marybeth Mattingly, a researcher at the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality added by email: "Basically, yes, this statement is (sadly) accurate."
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

California porsuit the same european socialist "going all of us to doom" economic and political model . Induce "fake" economic equality to low wealth on people and enterprises , by massive tax collecting the "riches" ... as we call over here ... " os ricossssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss" , and formost the incipient middle class ... and after that in a upper level of usurping rulers and "families" they carve huge sectors of the economy for themselves , and the mob related families , care on drugs traffic , and human migrant traffiking to induce voters grownth for the "formal democracy" they try to build , also on "buying out the independent media" , sacking the independent journalists , "dating ... with subsidizing arts with public Money ... as if they are the Medicis ... the cultural european ... so call ... "one foot in a grave" ... elites ...
So on weekend many of those " racketering local bosses " for the tv cameras sake , go on a public relations campaign ... given hot latte , and blankets to homeless people ... leaving some hidden leafleats , of the "less than unique" one party ruler
rah rah rah ...