Topicality – Poverty Line
Persons in poverty must live below the federal poverty line.
OCPP, Oregon Center for Public Policy, 09
OCPP, Oregon Center for Public Policy, “Federal Government Issues New Poverty Line for 2009,” January 23, 2009,
The 2009 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines
, published in today’s
, set the definition of
that Oregon uses to determine eligibility for programs such as child care subsidies, Head Start, food stamps,
school lunches, energy assistance and some health care programs.
The poverty guidelines vary by family size.
This year, for example, a family of three with an annual income of $18,310 or under qualifies as poor,
up from $17,600 in 2008. A four-person family would be poor if their annual income is $22,050 or
2. Many sex workers are living high above the poverty line.
“The Business of High-End Prostitution” http://www.cnbc.com/id/27459849]
Charging fees as high as $25,000 for a two-day engagement, a successful high-end escort working full
time can make an annual income of more than half a million dollars.
Send clients can spend more than a
$100,000 a year in escort fees
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