Texas poverty rate jumps to 17.3 percent

poverty gap Texas poverty rate jumps to 17.3 percentThe state’s poverty rate , now at 17.3 percent, remained the nation’s 6th highest in 2009. The rate among Texas children also has increased since 2008.

Nearly 4.3 million Texans lived in poverty last year, up 11 percent from a year earlier, the Census Bureau reported today.

Poverty now affects almost 1.8 million Texas youngsters under 18, or just more than one of every four.

“If these numbers don’t convey a sense of urgency, I don’t know what will,” said J.C. Dwyer, state policy director of the Texas Food Bank Network. “We need Congress to act now to ensure that all our children have access to basic nutrition as they learn and grow.” He urged lawmakers to pass a bill reauthorizing nutrition programs for children.

Source: Dallas Morning News

  • Edmund

    And the Republican candidate for California governor , Meg Whitman , wants to make California more like Texas! She calls it “business friendly”, meaning a good source of impoverished obedient slave labor for the “investor class”.

  • rcbarron

    What’s sad is how few comments there are on this. But look at any sports blog and people are going crazy arguing for their favorite team or player. Sad.
    As always, the cover-up of “business conservative” just means those with, take more..and those without get less and are stuck in a biased system that makes surviving an uphill battle for the less fortunate. Jesus would be real proud huh?

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