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OCR | Liberalism: New measure tags California as poorest state

"The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes," Aristotle opined. A thriving middle class helps to ensure a constitutional government that functions best. In California, it’s not the rich at risk of becoming obsolete as much as it is the middle class.

New census data, which takes into account geographical differences in its "Supplemental Poverty Measure," ranks California as the poorest state in the nation. "The supplemental measure uses new poverty thresholds that represent a dollar amount spent on a basic set of goods adjusted to reflect geographic differences in housing costs. The official poverty thresholds are the same no matter where you live," said Kathleen Short, the report’s author.

The average family in the state uses roughly 100 gallons of gasoline per month, according to AAA. With an average price at about $3.80 a gallon, at least for now, that is $380 a month spent on gas – and that’s if you fall into the "average" range for the commuting-intensive Southern California area.


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