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Child Poverty Dropping: Problems Persist

July 20, 2015
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The number of children living in poverty in the United States is dropping. About 14.7 million kids lived in poverty in 2013, down from 16.3 million in 2010, a ten percent reduction. That is good news.

The size of the decline is not the same for all groups. Black children had almost no reduction in the numbers who are poor. The number of Latino, Asian and white children in poverty has declined.

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  • 38.3 percent of black children lived in poverty
  • 10.7 percent of white children lived in poverty
  •  30.4 percent of Hispanic children lived in poverty
  •    10.1 percent of Asian children lived in poverty

The big debate has always been about the causes of poverty. Is it the lack of good jobs? Is it families headed by a single parent? Is it because of drugs and alcohol?

President Obama has said some changes can be done that will save money and restore lives.

Far too many people are in jail for non-violent crimes. A great many are in there for low-level drug sales. The stigma of having been in jail is often a barrier to finding a job. That problem can be fixed.

Other behaviors, such as failure to pay child support or riding a bike on a sidewalk, can lead to hard-to-pay fines. Breaking traffic laws also can lead to heavy fines. If traffic fines are not paid, a driver’s license can be taken away. The loss of a license to drive may mean problems in keeping and finding jobs.

Many liberals and conservatives agree that it is time to use common sense to reduce the poverty of minorities.

Source: The New York Times July 14, 2015


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