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September 24, 2012 | Associated Press
CAMDEN, LONG among the nation's poorest and most crime-ridden, is on the verge of dismantling its police department and starting anew with a force run by the county government. City officials are making the move to increase the number of officers while keeping the cost the same by averting rules negotiated with a union that city officials have seen as unwilling to compromise. Unless the union - which is skeptical of the stated motivations for the change - reaches a deal with the county, no more than 49 percent of the city's current officers could join the new force, and those who do will get pay cuts.
NEWS
September 24, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
By 10 a.m. Saturday, at least 75 people had lined the sidewalk outside St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Glassboro. Some held infants, some waited in wheelchairs, and some helped the elderly carry canvas bags or push small carts. They had all come for food. Asked what was left in his kitchen at home, Tim, 13, giggled. "Carrots," the Elk Township teen said. Not a favorite. "Good morning, everyone," Vivian Hanson, the archdeacon's wife, shouted as she opened the door of the Gloucester County church.
NEWS
September 22, 2012 | By Patrick Kerkstra, For the Inquirer
What to make of this week's dueling economic headlines? Somehow, Philadelphia is growing both more impoverished and more competitive. The Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative is out with a new study revealing that the suburbs, not the city, have raised residential taxes most rapidly over the last decade. Philadelphia hasn't achieved tax parity - not by a long shot - but the Pew report suggests strongly the city is moving in the right direction. Encouraging. And yet The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano reports that Philadelphia's poverty rate jumped 6.4 percent in a year, solidifying Philadelphia's status as one of the nation's poorest big cities.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Poverty rose significantly in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties over the last two years, while the city's median household income in 2011 ranked second-worst among the nation's 25 largest cities. The findings were released Thursday in the American Community Survey One-Year Estimate, an annual sampling of three million people conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report has a higher margin of error than the census, which is a separate undertaking. "These are very bleak and disconcerting statistics," said Mark Zandi, chief economist with Moody's Analytics, the economic-consulting firm in West Chester.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The number of people living in poverty in America last year remained stalled at the same record high level as in 2010, newly released government figures show. In addition, real median household income declined by 1.5 percent between 2010 and 2011 to $50,054. At the same time, the number of people without health-insurance coverage fell from 50 million to 48.6 million during the year. The figures, released Wednesday, come from a U.S. Census Bureau report. According to the report, 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2011, a poverty rate of 15 percent.
NEWS
July 5, 2012 | Associated Press
TRENTON - Gov. Christie said he was considering letting the federal government set up the state health insurance exchange required by the federal health-care overhaul to allow individuals to buy coverage. He also said he was not sure New Jersey needs to expand Medicaid under the federal law because the state's program that covers the poor and disabled already is extensive. The Republican governor made the comments on Fox News' Fox and Friends show, one of four national television appearances he was making Tuesday, a day after he told New Jersey lawmakers during a special session he called that they should cut taxes.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Travel into the rural reaches of Cumberland County, N.J., and unmistakable signs of a surging minority presence are everywhere. In compact Bridgeton, Spanish-speaking lawyers advertise as abogados , dirty laundry goes to lavanderias , and storefronts flash the exchange rate for the Mexican peso. La Internacional , near the train tracks in Vineland's commercial core, is a popular spot to buy foreign videos. In Millville, where Union Lake joins the Maurice River, three African American sisters, formerly of Philadelphia, own Apron Strings Desserts - recently feted by the local Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
May 22, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
More New Jersey residents lived in poverty in 2010 than ever before, according to a report released Sunday. A record 885,0000 people in the state, nearly 300,000 of them children, lived below the poverty line, say authors of an analysis by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute in Edison, which is based on the most recent numbers available. Overall, the poverty rate increased from 8.7 percent in 2008 to 9.4 percent in 2009, and finally to 10.3 percent in 2010.
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