Capitol Comments

Although childhood poverty rates declined throughout most of the 1990s, they have been on the rise again.  Between 2008 and 2009, child poverty jumped 10 percent – the single biggest year-over-year jump in the data’s history.  And from 2000-2009, rates increased in 38 states.  That means 1 in 5 children now live in poverty.

July 27th – the deadline for states to substantially implement Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 – has come and gone.  And so far, only 14 states were reported to be in compliance by the deadline.

As parents and students get ready for a new school year after summer vacation, states are offering a different kind of holiday: a tax holiday. 

Although the wage gap between men and women has narrowed slightly in recent years, the difference between a woman’s paycheck and a man’s is still significant. The ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly earnings (full-time wage and salary workers) in 2010 was 81.2.  That means that a woman who earns a weekly wage that is statistically in the middle of all weekly wages earned 81.2% of what the same statistical middle-of-the-road male earned last year. The median weekly earnings for a female were $669, while a male earned $824.

While the unemployment rate improved slightly in July, state government employment is still falling, continuing a three-year trend.