Tuesday Talk: Strategies for Fighting Poverty
Today the U.S. Census is set to release its annual numbers on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage. In Minnesota, recent trends have been troubling:
- Since 2000, median household income has declined $5,400 in constant 2011 dollars.
- Minnesota’s poverty rate edged up from 8% in the late 90s to 12% today, with even higher rates in Minneapolis and some parts of greater Minnesota.
- The poverty rate for people of color is a staggering 28% in Minnesota and 25% nationally.
- Poverty rates are especially high among young adults at 26%.
- Nearly 1/3 of school children qualify for free lunch, another 7% eligible for reduced price lunch.
- Jobs creation has remained flat while the population has grown 10% over the last decade.
This is happening at a time when there’s enormous wealth growth at the top of the income scale. If we’re serious about the complex challenges of closing Minnesota’s equity gap, we must put real resources behind the effort.
Today between 8-9:30, Wilder Research’s Craig Helmstetter will join us to answer your questions about poverty and how to use the information we have to build an economy that works for all Minnesotans.
What do you think is at the root of these disappointing numbers in Minnesota?
What are your ideas to lift Minnesotans out of poverty?
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