Wisconsin has seen a significant increase in childhood poverty under Governor Walker and the GOP legislature. They are failing the children of Wisconsin and should be held to account for it.
Wisconsin was one of 27 states which saw an increase in childhood poverty between 2009 and 2010 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
The number and percentage of children in poverty increased in 27 states from the 2009 ACS to the 2010 ACS. The child poverty rate increased 2.0 percentage points or more in Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The child poverty rate also increased by 1.5 percentage points or more in Alabama, California, Georgia, and Louisiana, and increased by 1.0 percentage point or more in Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
But poverty, like income, is not evenly distributed. It targets certain groups and localities. But it is both surprising and shameful that Wisconsin’s African American children are the poorest in the nation. Not Mississippi. Not Alabama. Not Louisiana. Wisconsin. Our Wisconsin has the poorest African American children in America.
Maryland had the lowest rate of child poverty for Black children, estimated at 22.2 percent. Among the states with the highest rates were Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oregon, and Wisconsin (47.0 percent to 53.3 percent).
In the US, the number of African American children in poverty grew 1.9% between 2009 and 2010 but in Wisconsin, the number grew a whopping 6.1% over the same time period. That’s 3x the national average. By contrast, white children in Wisconsin and the nation experienced statistically no change in their poverty rate.
I’d like to ask Governor Walker if he feels that this is working, too.
[UPDATE] As has been pointed out in the comments, these data represent a time prior to Governor Walker taking office. That is correct, Governor Doyle owns these results for his time in office. However, I reiterate my question in light of the ongoing cuts to public services in Wisconsin (thousands of children thrown off the BadgerCare rolls, decrease in access to food stamps, etc.), how this will improve the situation for an increasingly impoverished African American population in Wisconsin. What specific anti-poverty policies has Governor Walker’s administration or the GOP controlled legislature implemented to deal with these horrific numbers?