5 Worst States to Be a Poor Kid
“I know $10.10 still isn’t a whole lot of money, but I think it’s too much, too fast,” Pryor said in an interview at the Capitol. “I’m not supportive of that.”
In 2012, 310,053 Louisiana children lived in poverty; the state has the 3rd highest level of poverty in the country.
Poverty in Alabama, for most families, is a story of people who already have jobs. It's a story of many small businesses and even some giant corporations that limit workers to 29 hours a week to avoid paying benefits. It's a story of young workers with low starting salaries, or unskilled workers who don't make enough to pay their bills.
Though most of Alabama's state "poverty dollars" go to children or senior citizens who can't work, the next largest amount goes to workers who cannot survive on their paychecks alone. They are able to participate in the economy because their wages are supplemented by food assistance, child care and health coverage for their children.