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The Price of Poverty is High in Kentucky

The following post first appeared in A Better Life, a blog for the Courier-Journal about the aftermath of the recession. Something exciting about one solution to poverty cited - a state Earned Income Tax Credit received broad support on the show from experts across the political aisle. Dr. Eric Schansberg, an economics professor at Indiana University-Southeast and member of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Board of Scholars in particular, believes it’s a great way to [...]

By |2013-01-30T13:51:01-05:00January 30th, 2013|Blog, Economic Security|

“We’ll Need to Equip Our Children for the Future”

    After a national election devoid of much discussion of poverty in America - let alone child poverty - The Children's Leadership Council worked with Spark Action to produce a video highlighting what issues children and young adults care about. The video features the voices of young people, ages 5 to 25, discussing the issues they hope the President and Congress will address in the next four years to ensure all kids can grow up [...]

Don’t pull the net out from children

The following post first appeared in A Better Life, a blog for the Courier-Journal about the aftermath of the recession. Over the weekend, New York Times Columnist Nick Kristof caused a bit of a stir with his column “Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy.” Kristof argues that some families in poverty – specifically families in Breathitt County in eastern Kentucky – keep their children illiterate to ensure they receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This is troubling, but [...]

By |2012-12-11T10:30:03-05:00December 11th, 2012|Blog, Economic Security, Education|

Child Poverty in Kentucky Remains High

More than One in Four Children Living in Poverty, and Median Household Income Falling Jeffersontown, KY – More than one in four children in Kentucky are now living in poverty, according to new Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey, released today. Child poverty in Kentucky increased to 27.4 percent in 2011 from 23.5 percent in 2008 just when the recession started, bringing the total number of children who live in families with incomes [...]

By |2012-11-26T09:27:03-05:00November 26th, 2012|News Room|

Supplemental Poverty Measure Shows that Federal Benefits are Critical to Children

As we recover from an election cycle where candidates spent $6 billion and prepare for an upcoming holiday season where we will spend an estimated $586 billion, a new report released by the U.S. Census Bureau – The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2011 reminds us all that nearly 50 million people live in poverty across the richest nation on earth. The supplemental poverty measure (SPM) takes into account essential expenditures like clothing, food, shelter and [...]

By |2012-11-15T09:46:07-05:00November 15th, 2012|Blog, Economic Security|

PBS Airing FRONTLINE Film “Poor Kids”

  From PBS: In the film, FRONTLINE goes to the Quad Cities, a great American crossroads along the border of Iowa and Illinois, where the Mississippi River intersects Interstate 80 — an area deeply scarred by the Recession. FRONTLINE spent months following three young girls who are growing up against the backdrop of their families’ struggles against financial ruin. The result is an intimate portrait of the economic crisis as it’s rarely seen, through the [...]

By |2012-11-13T10:17:26-05:00November 13th, 2012|Blog, Economic Security|

New Child Poverty Data – We Can Do Better

Fresh evidence is in to remind us of the uncomfortable fact that too many children in Kentucky are growing up in poverty, putting them and our commonwealth at a serious disadvantage. According to new Census Bureau data from the American Community Survey released today, over 1 in 4 children in Kentucky live in families with incomes below $22,350 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of [...]

By |2012-09-20T11:00:14-04:00September 20th, 2012|Blog, Economic Security|
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