With California’s Booming Economy, How Are Almost Half Of The State’s Children At Or Near Poverty?
PolitiFact looks at recent statements by gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom about California's children. The high cost of living in the state contributes largely to the grim statistic.
True: Nearly Half Of California’s Children Are ‘At Or Near Poverty’ When Considering Cost-Of-Living
Democratic candidate for governor Gavin Newsom recently described California as both "the richest and poorest state." The economy is booming for many, he said, while millions of others are mired in poverty. That includes nearly half of the state’s children, when considering the state’s high "cost-of-living," he claimed."Close to half of the children (are) at or near poverty," Newsom said while campaigning in Los Angeles County on Sept. 10, 2018. "How can that be in this place, this extraordinary place, in the world’s 5th largest economy? We must do more and we must do better." (Nichols, 9/19)
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The Mercury News:
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The Mercury News:
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