Statements about Poverty

"The average age of the minimum wage worker is 35 years old."

In the 1950s and 1960s, "the minimum wage was such that it would lift you out of poverty."

"Fifty percent of Americans will go hungry at some time in their lives."

"In Rhode Island today, 25 percent of our households either don't have a bank account at all, or they have a bank account and they're still relying on high-cost financial services like payday loans, pawn shop check cashing and so on."

"Nine out of the 10 poorest states are Red states."

"Since 1988, Congress has raised its own salary 15 times 'to reflect rising costs.' But raised the minimum wage only three times."

"Half of all hospitalized seniors are suffering from malnutrition so severe that it either caused their illness or it prevents them from getting better."

"Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men."

"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."

Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.

Brendan Doherty wants "to repeal Obamacare, increasing drug prices for seniors."

"For Social Security, which is projected to remain solvent through 2033, Whitehouse has cosponsored [a bill that] . . . would extend the life of the program by an additional 75 years."

Medicare insurance premiums will be rising to "$120.20 per month in 2013 and $247.00 per month in 2014."

"Two thirds to three quarters of people without [health] insurance in Rhode Island work."

Women "earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in the same position."

"When these [undocumented] students graduate from college, they're still illegal aliens. They cannot get a job."

"We have one of the highest percentages per capita of nonprofits in this state of any state in the union."

"Rhode Island is leading our nation in foreclosures."

"Eighty-five percent . . . of Rhode Island tax returns that were filed for the year 2010 . . . were from individuals who earned $30,000 or less."

"The studies have shown us that [drug testing for welfare recipients] will be saving us money"

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