Researchers at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service today unveiled a new poverty measure designed to more accurately reflect the economic distress among residents of the commonwealth.
Why does society’s well intended aim keeps missing the poverty mark? Because folks move in and out of poverty far more than we realize. Yet, whenever we hear the word “poverty” we picture a permanent underclass, a group of victims with a crippling disease. So we crank up our personal quilt machine and donate time […]
For Virginia, the Census Bureau recently released preliminary state-level data, statistics indicating an increase in the poverty rate from 10.3 percent to 10.7. Nationwide, the poverty rates jumped to 14.3 percent in 2009 from 13.2 percent in 2008. As reported by the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis: “Over 157,000 Virginians have joined the ranks of […]
We read news reports that Gov. Tim Kaine appointed Arlington State Del. David Englin to yet another commission to study poverty in Virginia. While we certainly welcome that the governor’s and the General Assembly’s desire to measure the extent of poverty in Arlington and Virginia, we’re puzzled by the call to “study” what census data […]