WAVE 3 Editorial - August 14, 2012: Leaving Children Behind
By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Our nation is leaving our children behind.
School bus drivers are picking up more children living in poverty this month than they ever have and it's very likely that will continue to be the case next year and beyond.
One of every four children born in Kentucky live in poverty, one of every five in Indiana. That's over 600,000 children – in only two of the 50 states. And nearly half of the states have more poor children than Indiana. It has been more than 50 years since the child poverty rates nationwide have been this high.
It was mid-August two years ago that the Indiana legislature appointed a Commission on Childhood Poverty in Indiana with the goal of reducing it by 50% in ten years. Instead, the numbers are increasing, making it that much tougher for these children to grow up to be healthy, educated adults.
There is no easy solution to stop this devastating trend, but creating jobs will go a long way toward slowing it. That hopefully will be the centerpiece of discussion among the candidates for Congress as the elections begin heating up as we approach Labor Day.