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Venegas 1 Fernando Venegas Jonathan Jones Composition 1302 March 11, 2018 Low-income Families Economic inequality is an unfortunate reality of the world we live in. Despite trillions of dollars in economic assistance, billions in charitable donations and decades of policy prescriptions from all levels of government there still exist a significant percentage of families who struggle to provide the basic necessities of life for themselves. While extreme poverty, defined as destitute and homeless with little to no means of sustenance, is fairly rare in the United States there still exists a portion of the population that lives below the federally defined poverty line. While these families aren’t completely destitute they nonetheless must survive on incomes that barely cover the expenses of housing and food. In many instances multiple members of the family must work to help with expenses or the head of the household is required to work more than one job. In the Rio Grande Valley in particular this is quite common as the economy remains based in low wage agricultural or service based jobs. Why is the valley poorer – Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, “Most likely, low educational attainment lies at the heart of this. The region has been unable to improve the education level of its workforce relative to the state since the 1970s. In 2000, the percentage of the labor force with less than a high school education averaged 52 percent in the Valley and 24 percent in Texas, ac- cording to the Census Bureau. If the Valley were to reduce its high school dropout rate to the
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Venegas 2 state average, income would go up an estimated $2 billion a year.” It’s so sad to see humans especially children homeless in the streets or seeing families starve because they can’t afford food, but have ever asked yourself why? Experts say more than 25% of American citizens fall under the poverty line. Maybe it is because the rise of taxes and families can work two jobs and not have enough for food, rent, bills, etc. Poverty levels determine whether if people are low-income or high-income. The rise of jobs, the taxes, the income, all affect rise or fall of the economy. Low-income families find it is getting harder to get a new job now. Society forms our economy One person alone should receive 12,060 dollars in poverty thresholds and it increases depending on the number of people in the family. This complicated process goes from thresholds to guidelines and different factors vary the total amount a family can receive. More than ¼ of these people fall below the poverty line. In fact, in 2015 almost half of Texas was under the poverty line and only an estimated 20 percent of Texas was above it which left vast amounts of families to be poor.
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