Lack of living wage jobs and expensive housing is the reason local welfare administrators say there is a steady rise in participation in various poverty assistance programs locally.
From reading this article it doesn't seem the nation is going anywhere in terms of improving the overall standard of living.
That likely won't change and those in poverty will remain there. Their numbers have risen during one of the most 'progressive' administrations you could ask for in Washington and Albany.
On leadership, we have two candidates for President. One with his own plane and luxurious homes. The other who spends time with the uber rich in tony spots on the coasts stroking them for money.
Only recently has one candidate begun talking of the antidote....jobs in fly-over America's poorest spots.
But for now, the social safety net programs will continue to prosper.