Not ev­ery­one ben­e­fits from ris­ing in­comes

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - Lior Miller, Sil­ver Spring

Thanks for your re­port on the new U.S. Cen­sus Bu­reau data show­ing that Mary­land is mak­ing pos­i­tive strides to­ward re­duc­ing poverty and in­creas­ing me­dian house­hold in­come by 2.4 per­cent (“Me­dian house­hold in­come in Mary­land grew last year,” Sept. 15).

How­ever, for too many peo­ple the good news just doesn’t res­onate. More than 43 mil­lion Amer­i­cans live be­low the poverty line, and over 7 mil­lion are taxed into poverty, in­clud­ing the nearly 23 per­cent of Bal­ti­more res­i­dents liv­ing in poverty.

Across the U.S. there is also a strik­ing gap in fam­ily wealth, with one in four AfricanAmer­i­cans liv­ing be­low the poverty line and the me­dian house­hold in­come for white Amer­i­cans more than 70 per­cent higher than that of African-Amer­i­can fam­i­lies.

Our state rep­re­sen­ta­tives and can­di­dates for of­fice must come to­gether in the new Congress to sup­port ex­pand­ing pro­grams with a proven track record of poverty re­duc­tion and bi­par­ti­san sup­port like the Earned In­come Tax Credit.

No mat­ter who takes of­fice next year, let’s make sure our mem­bers of Congress act to en­sure that all hard­work­ing Mary­lan­ders have a shot at a brighter fu­ture.

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