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The Pledge to talk about Poverty

Approximately 1 in 5 North Carolinians lived below the poverty-line last year. To put that in perspective, the federal poverty level is $11,484 for an individual and $23,021 for a family of four.

To focus more attention on those sobering numbers, folks at the N.C. Budget and Tax Center (BTC) are launching “The  Pledge to talk about Poverty.”

The idea is rather simple –  to get friends, neighbors, co-workers, even congregations talking with a deeper level of understanding about an issue that is rarely discussed among policymakers.

Throughout this week, BTC staffers will be blogging here on the Progressive Pulse about the latest data on poverty and income trends, and what it all means for our state today and in the long-term.

To take the Pledge to talk about Poverty, click here.  We invite you to join-in the conversation here on our blog, or on twitter @ncbudgetandtax or at the hashtag #talkpoverty.

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