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Friday, December 27, 2019

Holiday Poverty Estimates for Johnstown and Cambria County

In addition to the school district estimates that I posted about two weeks ago the Census bureau has produced estimates for every county and municipality in the US just in time for the holidays.  For Johnstown the poverty rate increased to 38.7% while it decreased slightly for Cambria County, Pennsylvania and the US. This is according to the federal definition of poverty which is about $30,000 for a family of four.

The census bureau also produced median household income estimates for the same counties and municipalities in the US for 2018.  For Johnstown there was a slight increase of $658 in the median income which is still well below the county, state, and US medians. This increase was within the $1,770 margin of error so we must conclude that there is really negligible change in the median income.

The median for Cambria County did decrease in 2018 by $844 in 2018 while the state and US medians increased by $1,786 and $1,601 respectively.  The PA and US increases were outside their margins of error while Johnstown's and Cambria's were not.

On Christmas Eve PBS Frontline rebroadcast a documentary on the effect of poverty on children in the US.  It's not just a Johnstown problem.  Unfortunately they do not allow me to embed it here but you can watch it at the link here.  Merry Christmas to all.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

PA Budget and Policy Center Statement on SNAP (Food Stamp) Cuts

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center is putting out a press release on the damage that proposed cuts will do to Pennsylvania.  I am the contact person for them in the Johnstown area.  The press release can be read below.  

Talking Points: Trump Budget Would Shift Huge SNAP Costs to Pennsylvania
and Put Pennsylvanians at Risk of Going Hungry

·         President Trump’s budget proposal would shift a significant share of the cost of the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program’s (SNAP, previously known as Food Stamps) benefits to states and, for the first time, allow states to cut SNAP benefits, seriously threatening SNAP’s extraordinary long-term success in reducing severe hunger and malnutrition.

·         The proposal threatens to dramatically increase the number of Pennsylvanians at risk of going hungry.

·         Historically, SNAP benefits have been financed with federal funds to ensure that regional disparities in hunger, poverty and resources are properly addressed which has helped ensure that low-income households have access to adequate food despite regardless of where they live. 

·         The President’s budget would end this longstanding and successful approach by forcing states to cover 10 percent of SNAP benefit costs beginning in 2020, and increasing that share to 25 percent in 2023 and later years. The proposal would cut federal SNAP funding by $116 billion over a decade.

·         Once the provision was fully in effect, Pennsylvania would face at least[AH1]  $682 million in additional annual costs. Over the full ten years, the federal disinvestment proposed in the Trump budget would result in nearly $4.2 billion in SNAP costs being passed onto Pennsylvania – costs the state simply cannot afford.

·         Pennsylvania would be unable to absorb such significant cost shifts without cutting SNAP benefits and taking other steps that could increase hunger and hardship.

·         These added costs are part of a massive overall cost shift to states in the President’s budget. In total, the President’s budget would shift about $453 billion annually to states and localities by 2027. 
·         At the same time, the President is proposing massive tax cuts largely for the wealthy and corporations that would likely cost several trillion dollars over the coming decade.

 [AH1]State advocates:  Please choose which of these is appropriate for your state.  

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