Too Many Kids Still Live in Poverty

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2014 Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance data. The good news – the uninsured rate among Americans decreased 2.9% from 2013. The bad news – the poverty level among America’s children remained the same at 21%, and among the general population at approximately 14.8%. In 2014 in Iowa, just over 15% of children lived in poverty.

More than 50 years ago, President Johnson declared the War on Poverty. In 1964, 19% of the population were living in poverty, it seems we still have not figured out how to eradicate poverty.

  • We still have 1 in 5 children living in poverty (21%);
  • African American children (37%) and Latino children (32%) live in poverty at higher rates than Non-Hispanic, White children (12%);
  • Women are still more likely to live in poverty;
  • Over the last 5 years, the real household income for lowest 10th percentile have decreased while real wages for all other wage earners has increased;
  • Women continue to earn less than men (even with a 1 cent increase over last year).

These are just a few of the highlights found from the newly released data. CLICK HERE to read more information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The release of the report brings up the question, “What are the Presidential Candidates going to do about poverty?”

Last night, the GOP Candidates held their second debate. Unfortunately, a question about poverty was not included. In fact, the only child- and family-friendly question answered by candidates was about the minimum wage. The question was directed to Governor Walker’s comment about an increase to the minimum wage being lame. His alternatives included more investments in education, building skills of a workforce, and cutting taxes for job creation. Dr. Ben Carson had an opportunity to respond, and he identified a need for both sides to sit both sides to talk about it and negotiate a reasonable minimum wage with an index. He also believes in setting two minimum wage levels–a starter and a sustaining wage.

Since the candidates are not getting the questions on the debate stage, we want to make sure they get them from Iowa voters! Consider attending a candidate event; ask a question; and report back to Every Child Matters! CLICK HERE to find the candidate calendar and locate an event near you.

Step Up for Kids!

We need YOUR help!

  1. Grab your cell phones or digital cameras (or email ECM to set up a time to meet – see address below).
  2. Record a short video answering these questions under your category – be honest and passionate!
  3. Submit your video to Jill by emailing it to Please send by Monday, September 21.
  4. Plan a viewing party or commit to watching the video on October 6 – National Step Up for Kids Day! More details to come.

Click HERE for the Questions to Answer in you video!

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