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Out of pocket in the Gopher State

Posted by Charles II on March 8, 2012

Paul Krugman linked a study by Laura Wheaton and Jamyang Tashi at The Urban Institute on poverty in America, with a focus on Minnesota.

The means by which poverty is measured by the US government are obsolete and inappropriate. The National Academy of Sciences developed a superior measure that includes in-kind income (like Food Stamps and school lunches) and adjusts for taxes, work-related costs, and medical expenses. For two adults and two children, poverty in Minnesota cities is income below $24,972. For urban areas, it is $20,593.

The good news, if that’s what one calls it, is that fewer children are in poverty than was thought. The bad news is that more elders are in poverty than was thought. It would cost about $1.5 B annually to end poverty in Minnesota. On the other hand, if benefits like Food Stamps and school lunches are cut back, the rise in desperate poverty (less than half of the poverty line) would rise considerably.

4 Responses to “Out of pocket in the Gopher State”

  1. jo6pac said

    I think I’ll go with this will be the answer so they can give another tax break to corp. and the elite.

    On the other hand, if benefits like Food Stamps and school lunches are cut back, the rise in desperate povery (less than half of the poverty line) would rise considerably.

    It’s pretty F*&^%*( sad that this what it has come to not only here but across this once great nation.

  2. $1.5 billion a year? We could get that easily by super-soaking the 7,700 Minnesotans who pull in over $1 million a year.

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