NC Budget and Tax Center, Poverty and Policy Matters

New infographic reveals breadth of poverty across North Carolina

Poverty remains elevated in North Carolina and the nation as we continue to deal with the painfully slow recovery. As I explained back in September, new Census Bureau data on poverty and income confirm that the economic recovery is continuing to bypass middle- and lower-income families. The little economic growth that is taking place is also sidestepping certain demographic groups, including children, communities of color, and women. A snapshot of these disparities, as well as how poverty varies across the state, is captured in a new infographic released today by the NC Budget and Tax Center

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  1. Frances Jenkins

    November 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Poverty is not created overnight. This status was created by the Democrats of North Carolina.

  2. ML

    November 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    There are plenty of factors involved here but thanks for your biased and nonsensical comment.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    November 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    ML/Alan or is it Alan/ML,
    The funny thing other than your two alter egos…is your comment. This state has been plagued by the progressive democrat party for nearly a century. The infographic bears out the harsh reality that the old ways of the progressives are ineffective at best and devastating on average.

  4. Alex

    November 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

    This report clearly shows that President Obama’s plan of “Spreading the Misery” is working very well in most states. He is rapidly shrinking the middle class and adding more folks to government assistance almost every day. He is keeping the rich Wall Streeters and the bankers happy to insure that contributions keep rolling in while his “state run” economy sputters along with no growth, no jobs, and looking more like a third world economy every day. Why should anyone be surprised ?

  5. Alan

    November 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm


    Sorry, but ML and I are not the same person. Poverty isn’t limited to the dominant party in any given state, that comment is what I’d expect of Civitas and World Net Daily. So, the southern red states must be the poorest in the nation thanks ONLY to GOP policies? Just using your ‘logic’???

    Alex, try as hard as you may, the current economy is in large part thanks to the unfunded wars, unfunded tax-cuts, and unfunded corporate welfare (big pharma in particular), all of which were implemented under Republican control.

  6. GOP Rules

    November 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Just the other day you and ML posted the exact same post two minutes apart. How can you say your are not him and he is not you? Also, how can you continually say I am the same person as LSD if you are following the same rationale? Is it just liberal hypocricy?

  7. Alan

    November 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    GOP Rules,

    Sorry, but yet again, I have to tell you we are NOT the same person. Perhaps your paranoia is getting the better of you?

    It’s just one big conspiracy…

  8. SockPuppet #2

    November 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Way to go Alan!

    Who does #2 work for?

  9. Alex

    November 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Alan, all of the items you mentioned are old news(early 2000’s) that were simply Democratic talking points to try and explain away the huge Obama deficits. They have nothing to do at all with Obama’s current lousy economic policies. For goodness sake, he’s getting ready to go into his 6th year in office so it’s about time to judge his progress without blaming everything on Bush. Face it Alan that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer under this government-run economy of Obama’s, and there is no way you can justify it. Do you not understand that deficits have no relationship to an economy ?

  10. Alan

    November 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm


    The current state of our economy has a LOT to do with what has happened in the recent past. Nice of you to completely ignore the economic catastrophe that was the Bush/Cheney admin that put us here in the 1st place, and continues to haunt this economy. They are NOT huge Obama deficits, they are huge American deficits that are thankfully getting smaller under this administration.

    I concur that the rich are getting richer, and the poor getting poorer, but simplistically stating that this is Obama’s fault is disingenuous, at best. Try taking a look at the unfunded tax cuts of the Cheney/Bush administration for its impact on society. Current economic conditions are often attributable to policies implemented many years prior, surely you are aware of that? Furthermore, there is no “government-run economy”, that’s just a Faux News talking point. Do you have trouble understanding basic economics, let alone facts?

    Thank you for your Civitas funded comments.

  11. NitWitCharmer

    November 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

    SockPuppet #2?

    Who would choose that as a pseudonym?

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