Three in 10 working Georgia families still struggle to get by, according to a report issued Tuesday by a public policy study group.
“It used to be that if you worked hard with your muscle and showed up on time you could earn enough” to support a family, said Brandon Roberts, the principal author of the study produced by the Working Poor Families Project. “That’s increasingly no longer the case.”
The report counts how many working families are low-income, defined as making less than $41,228 a year. The percentage of Georgia working families the report classified as low-income was also about 30 percent four years ago when the Working Poor Families Project last crunched the numbers. WPFP’s Web site says it was launched in 2002 by national philanthropic leaders who saw the need to strengthen state policies affecting working families. Both reports used 2-year-old data from the census, the latest available numbers.
I guess this is why I’m conservative and not libertarian. I think there are programs for aid to the poor that the government must run, though I do think they could be run better if outsourced to the private sector.