Three Million Floridians in Poverty; Legislature Cuts Safety Net | Print |
September 2011

The number of Floridians in poverty surpassed three million in 2010, the Census Bureau reported last week.

One of every six Floridians and almost one of every four children under 18 live in poverty. That means they live in a two-person family earning no more than $14,676 annually or a three-person family earning no more than $17,374.

It is in this environment of growing poverty that the Florida Legislature cuts safety net programs like unemployment compensation and Medicaid designed to cushion Floridians from the worst effects of economic downturns. State policymakers also reject federal funding for health and social services for Floridians and oppose the federal health care law that would provide insurance coverage to millions of the uninsured.

> Read the report.