If our political debates were really about the vital issues facing North Carolina and the nation, this would be a big day in the campaigns of people running for offices in Raleigh and Washington.
The U.S. Census Bureau released data that showed that 15 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2011. That is more than 46 million people.
Next week the Census Bureau will release detailed state level poverty data but this week’s release does show that the poverty rate in North Carolina rose to 16.4 percent in 2010-11. That means that on average in the state, one in six people was struggling with incomes below the federal poverty line last year — which is just over $23,000 for a family of four.
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