Statements about Families

"In 31 states, decent child care costs more than college tuition."

If you work 40 hours a week at the proposed minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, "you get out of poverty."

"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."

"Pregnant women who stand for five to six hours at a time increase their risk of pre-term pregnancy by 80 percent."

"Women in Oregon are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. If the wage gap was eliminated, a working woman in Oregon would have enough money for 2,877 gallons of gas, 72 more weeks of food for her family or nearly 12 more months of rent."

The percentage of black children born without a father in the home has risen from 7 percent in 1964 to 73 percent today, due to changes from President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society.

Says Dan Patrick "supported giving a $5,000 taxpayer-funded voucher to every family to buy a car."  

"The average family (is) now bringing home $4,000 less than they did just five years ago."

"In 1968, a full-time worker earning minimum wage, could actually support a family of three above the poverty line. Today, that same worker would earn less than the poverty line for a family of two."

"There are 4.7 percent of Virginians who are minimum wage earners who are over 25 years of age working full-time and trying to raise a family."

"Seventy percent of all uninsured live in households in which at least one person is working."

"I never gave up custody of my children. I never lost custody of my children."  

Marriage "decreases the probability of child poverty by 82 percent."

"I’m ninth generation from New Hampshire."

"The most popular name is no longer John or Steven. It's Jose, Camilo and Maria."

"Nearly 20% of our residents" are born abroad.

"On (the federal minimum wage of) $7.75, you can’t even make half the poverty level."

"Six years after unionization, 20,000 fewer children in Illinois were being served by the Child Care and Development Fund program."

"There are still tens of thousands of missing service members from previous and current conflicts that our nation is working to find and repatriate."  

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