California Named Poverty Capital of United States
As California Governor Brown retires, he leaves California in utter chaos. Specifically with an out of control poverty and homeless catastrophe.
Fifty five percent of immigrant and 30 percent of natives families in the state get some kind of means-tested benefits.for poverty.
With 12 percent of the American population, is home to one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s supplemental poverty measure shows roughly 7.5 million Californians, about 19 percent of the state’s total population, live in poverty.
Liberals have destroyed California. They claim to be making life fair for everyone, and as always, it backfired.
In California, nearly one out of five residents is poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure, which factors in the cost of housing, food, utilities and clothing, and which includes non-cash government assistance as a form of income.
Looking to help poor and low-income residents, California lawmakers also recently passed a measure raising the minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2022. But a higher minimum wage will do nothing for the 60% of Californians who live in poverty and don’t have jobs. And research indicates that it could cause many who do have jobs to lose them.
As homeless camps explode in L.A. suburbs, residents fear they will become permanent.
Southern California’s homeless population has exploded in recent years. Orange County alone has seen a huge surge, with an estimated 6,145 people calling the camps home. That is according to the 2017 homeless count. It is a 4% increase from 2016.
It’s not as though California policymakers have neglected to ‘wage war’ on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts on the cause.
But several state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another. That results in some cases with individuals with incomes 200% above the poverty line receiving benefits. The generous spending has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse.
Since Gov. Brown was sworn in, 243,099 people have fled California on net for other states.
They took $7.794 billion with them to states that don’t have such high taxes and onerous regulations that make housing unaffordable for middle class households.
The personal and corporate income tax hikes championed by Gov. Brown in 2012 have likely helped exacerbate the exodus of Californians. In a move that will further drive up the cost of living in one of the hardest states in which to get by, Gov. Brown approved an extension of the state cap & trade program earlier this year.
This will hurt low and middle income households the hardest, who will face what is effectively a regressive tax hike in the form of higher gas prices and utility bills.
Extensive environmental regulations aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions make energy more expensive, also hurting the poor. By some estimates, California energy costs are as much as 50% higher than the national average.
Further contributing to the poverty problem is California’s housing crisis. More than 4 in 10 households spent more than 30% of their income on housing in 2015. A shortage of available units has driven prices ever higher, far above income increases. And that shortage is a direct outgrowth of misguided policies.
California, in a socialist effort to destroy income inequality, has created the biggest gap between rich and poor ever seen in the state.
It has become so expensive to live in California that the cost of living actually becomes a disincentive to work. Poor people are better off accepting the generous benefits offered by state and local governments rather than going to work.
In effect, the reason California is the poverty capital of America is that the state subsidizes poverty. When you subsidize something, you get more of it.