May 22, 2012 |
An alarming new study shows more New Jersey residents than ever are struggling to provide for their families. A record 885,000 people in the state lived below the poverty line in 2010, according to the study released Sunday by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute. The poverty rate increased from 9.4 percent in 2009 to 10.3 percent in 2010, based on the latest census figures available. Among the poor were 300,000 children, the state's most vulnerable and neediest residents.
October 2, 2010
It's no surprise to see Philadelphia listed as the poorest among America's 10 largest cities. It's held that distinction before. But placing last again is disappointing, and points out the need for public officials to work even harder to create jobs. U.S. census figures released Tuesday put the city's poverty rate at 25 percent, compared with about 14 percent nationally. The recession exacerbated the problem, with record numbers applying for food aid. One out of three children in Philadelphia is poor.
August 29, 2007 |
The national poverty rate fell slightly last year, its first decline in a decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released yesterday. Yet while the median household income rose, it remained below 1999 levels in terms of buying power, and real wages fell for a third straight year. "I'm putting in longer and longer hours, and I'm looking for a second part-time job," said Donna Waldemarra, 44, of Newtonville, N.J., who works as a receptionist at a car dealership. "It's very tight.
July 20, 2013
By Paul R. Levy and Jeremy Nowak We applaud Mayor Nutter for shining a spotlight on Philadelphia's soaring poverty rate with the release of Shared Prosperity. Well in advance of the next mayor's race, he has defined a central challenge: How can Philadelphia, with so many success stories, have an unacceptably high poverty rate of 28 percent, second only to Detroit among major cities? Shared Prosperity links the goal of job growth to the task of supporting residents in gaining the skills and resources to participate in that growth.
September 29, 2009 |
The percentage of households receiving food stamps in Philadelphia increased by nearly 3 percentage points between 2007 and 2008 - the period of time marking the start of the recession - according to figures released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. And that number is only expected to rise, according to Rachel Meeks, food-stamp campaign manager for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. "Numbers are going up pretty dramatically because of the economy," Meeks said yesterday.
October 10, 1999
Gov. Ridge has issued promising guidelines for next year's state budget that suggest new initiatives to improve preschool readiness, health insurance "outreach" to children and child-care options for low-income parents. Under this governor, Pennsylvania has mostly struggled to stitch together such threads of a safety net for the children of the working poor and those leaving welfare for work. The failure to make more progress has been hard to defend - especially given Pennsylvania's spotty use of the federal funds available for states to help former welfare recipients being moved into the low-wage workforce by tough-minded reforms.
September 24, 1996 |
Hoping to remove the chief obstacle to a far-reaching bill to combat illegal immigration, Republicans are dropping language that would have let states deny free public education to illegal immigrant children, congressional sources said yesterday. Under terms of a face-saving compromise, the education component would be stripped from the legislation as early as today, when a House-Senate conference committee meets. The provision then would be resurrected as a stand-alone bill, which would face almost certain defeat in the Senate.
December 28, 1990 |
Speaking to the choir of big-city mayors gathered recently for the Urban Summit in New York City, Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles said: "If we do not save our cities, we shall not save this nation. " But it is a less-frequently heard fact that the country's rural areas are also vital to the nation's health. After all, fully one-quarter of Americans live in rural areas, and virtually all our food, fiber and timber is grown there. But despite the widespread notion of rural prosperity, health, and happiness, the inhabitants of our small towns and countryside are suffering as much as those who live in America's major cities.
September 26, 2011
Obama prepares to shift blame I am sick of hearing President Obama castigating Republicans for not supporting his tax proposals. What Obama has done is perfectly position himself to shift blame for next year's even-worse economy. He can argue then that the failed economy is the fault of mean, insensitive, and uncaring Republicans for obstructing his wise and caring policies. I urge the Republican Party to call his bluff. Give him everything he wants, from soak-the-rich taxes to boondoggle stimulus to new environmental regulations.
September 21, 2010
Not since 1959 have there been so many poor people in the United States. In 2009, 43.6 million people - 14.3 percent of the population - fell below the poverty line. The previous year, the poverty rate was 13.2 percent. More than one in five American children are living in poverty. In Philadelphia, it's about one in three. The deep recession that began in late 2007 has contributed greatly to the rise in poverty. Economists now say the recession ended in June 2009, making it the longest since World War II. But the economic recovery under President Obama has been weak.