Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book

Below is the link to the Maine Kid's Count Data Book from the Maine Children's Alliance, in PDF format.
http://mainechildrensalliance.org/assets/files/kidscount/2013KidsCount_embargoed.pdf
Of course the big thing that the news media is going off on is the number of Maine Kids who are living in poverty in the state.
This should be of concern to anyone.  No matter what you believe about the parents, whether they should just get a job or increase welfare to the poor, we gotta take care of the kids.  A lot of it has to do with the recession, and I'm sure that some of it has to do with the fact that jobs in certain categories don't pay squat. Not the point.  Kids living in poverty brings about more and much more expensive problems later on down the line as the following article from the Propaganda Press Herald explains.  
Maine Children’s Alliance report: More Maine kids living in poverty
Nearly one in four children under age 5 are living in poverty, and for the first time in 11 years, the number of children in state custody has increased.
Although the two issues, the number of kids living in poverty and the number of kids living in state custody might be related to a point, there are other reasons that we will get into in another post..

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