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CA Poverty Worse Than Reported

CA Poverty Worse Than Reported

Poverty is being measured in a different way by the authors of a new study published jointly by the Stanford University and the Public Policy Institute of California.  Unlike the U.S. Census Bureau, which looks at only a family's income, this statewide study takes into consideration factors like tax credits and tax liabilities, daycare and commuting costs, and out-of-pocket medical expenses.  All those factors will vary depending on where a family lives.

As a result, the study findings say some 22 percent of California residents lived in poverty in 2011.  That is approximately eight-million people or two-million more than the federal numbers indicate.

 

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