Oregon's middle-class families are struggling

| Print |  Email
Must Reads
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Many middle-class families in Oregon are struggling, the newly updated Family Budget Calculator for 2013 shows. A two-parent, two-child family in Salem needs $63,978 annually to achieve basic economic security. Yet a family of four earning $23,550 is considered to be at the federal poverty threshold.

“Policy experts generally recognize that the federal definition of poverty is outdated and doesn’t reflect what it takes to make ends meet today,” he said. “The budget calculator gives us a much more realistic picture of what it takes.”

One factor of economic security is food or nutrition security, which the Marion-Polk Food Share identifies as access not just to food, but to healthy food. This kind of access can be more challenging to families living in rural communities as opposed to urban areas such as Salem and Portland.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.

 

Comments   

 
Guest
0 #1 General Political Activist/Founde r of BSHCGuest 2013-07-17 23:41:50
The problem is that there are many of the middle class, who earn slightly above the official guidelines, therefore, are not categorically eligible for many anti-poverty and federal feeding programs. Expanding, and updating the current guidelines, should have already taken place, but there are certain geo-political forces, and other factors, at play here. If the government was previously in the business of building and sustaining the middle class, to what degree can that be said, post-recession 2008?...
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

An uncertain future

Guest Blog
Thursday, May 21, 2015
norristhumbBY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER

Uncertainty is a part of doing business, whether in through the lens of investment opportunities and risks or the business of running an enterprise.


Read more...

Epitaph for a Boondoggle

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT

The CRC is a cautionary tale about how we plan for, finance and invest in transportation infrastructure.


Read more...

The ancient fish that stops bullets

The Latest
Friday, May 08, 2015
hagfishthumbBY CHRIS NOBLE | PHOTOS BY JASON E. KAPLAN

Hagfish may not have evolved much over the last 300 million years, but their protein-heavy slime promises advances in super-materials.


Read more...

Short Shrift:The threat of just-in-time scheduling

May 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Companies can benefit when they use software to meet staffing requirements and address employees' family and life commitments.


Read more...

Banking Perspective

April 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation with Craig Wanichek, president and CEO of Summit Bank.


Read more...

Biker dreams

The Latest
Friday, May 15, 2015
bike at ater wynn-thumbBY KIM MOORE | RESEARCH EDITOR

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is seeking input from businesses on a $5.5 million initiative to create a network of biking, transit and pedestrian trails within Portland’s central city.


Read more...

Picture This

May 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER

As a general rule, the more people with autism can be provided with visual cues, the better they will be able to understand and manage their environment. It’s a lesson Tom Keating learned well. The 61-year-old Eugene grant writer spent 31 years taking care of his autistic brother James, and in the late 1980s developed a spreadsheet that created a series of nonsense characters that grew or shrank depending on how much money James had in his account. 


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS