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Child Poverty Spreads in San Antonio

Child Poverty Spreads in San Antonio

"Trickle Down" Theory Fails Texans
25% of Bexar county children now live in poverty

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More Bexar county children are living in poverty increasing to 25% of children today.

Between 2000 and 2011, the number of children living in poverty in Bexar county shot up 31%.

The Center for Public Policy Priorties' Francis Deviney Chavez says obviously the strong economy is not trickling down.

"Texas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country and we also have the third highest rate of low wage jobs."

She says children live in the home of
those struggling wage earners who
now battle cuts in food stamps
and health care.

Conservative groups counter that the federal poverty line or abotu $24,000 a year for a family of four also takes into consideration more expensive places in the country, like New York City and Los Angeles.  They say wages go a lot farther in Texas than in those places.

"Even after the recession ended and the economy improved and Texas' economy improved faster than the other states, our child poverty rate continued to climb."

She says many of the jobs coming to
Texas are low wage jobs so with
flat wages and cuts in food stamps
and health care ... those below
are being crushed while the
economic disparity especially
in Texas now widens.

She says the rich are getting richer
and the poor poorer, especially
in Texas.

"The Census Bureau looks at a measure
about income inequality and it's much
bigger in Texas," she says.

 

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