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U.S. Census: Colorado Kids in Poverty and the Uninsured Increasing

August 29, 2007

Denver, CO – More Colorado children are living in poverty, and the percentage of Coloradans without health insurance is above the national average. Those are just two of the troubling trends found in new statistics from the U.S. Census report released on Tuesday. Kathy White of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute says it’s evidence that more needs to be done.

"All of these things are surprising in the sense that we haven’t made the gains that we would hope to see five years past an economic recession. We should be seeing signs of recovery that are much better than what we’re actually seeing."

State Representative John Kefalas (D) blames wages that haven’t kept up with inflation and rising health care costs.

"That’s a fundamental reason why people are not able to benefit from an economy that seems to benefit some but not all."

Kefalas believes that reinstating the State Earned Income Tax Credit could be a simple way to put a dent in poverty.
He also hopes to work on legislation next year that will move the state closer to a universal health care system.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO