Cleveland, Cincinnati among poorest big cities in U.S.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two of the 10 poorest big cities in the U.S. are in Ohio, and poverty rates statewide are higher among minority populations, according to a new census report released Thursday.
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#1 Sep 23, 2011
"The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and the middle class is disappearing," Aggarwal told The Plain Dealer of Cleveland.
In Cincinnati, the median household income in 2010 for whites was $46,615 and $22,216 for blacks, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The 2010 federal poverty level for a family of four was $22,050.
#2 Sep 23, 2011
Maybe people who don't make enough to support offspring shouldn't have offspring. Instead of foodstamps and WIC we should be passing out birth control and paying for sterilizations
#3 Sep 23, 2011
They should be drug tested too. Everyone on government hand-outs should be drug tested. Or, at the least, start random drug testing of welfare recipients and see how much money we can save when we cut off the checks due to failed drug tests.
#4 Sep 23, 2011
Depending on who you believe, only 2 percent of roughly 1,100 July applicants flunked drug tests and the program is barely a break-even proposition (Sources: The Tampa Tribune, Department of Children & Families Secretary David Wilkins). Or, 9.6 percent of 5,964 July applicants never went for drug tests and the resulting rejection of their welfare benefits will yield big taxpayer savings, over $9 million in the first year (Source: a Naples think tank, the Foundation for Government Accountability).
DCF administers the federally-funded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the only program subject to the drug-testing law, and has to reimburse clean applicants for taking drug tests if they pass. Food stamp and Medicaid applicants in Florida don't get tested.
I tried to get DCF to clear up the numerical discrepancies on Friday, but couldn't. It's hard to say if the 565 applicants cited in the think-tank report who didn't go for drug tests were abusers scared of testing positive or simply folks so desperately poor they couldn't afford the out-of-pocket testing fee ($28-$40).
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