California has the highest rate of poverty in the nation when cost-of-living expenses are factored in. That's what State Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes recently claimed at a forum in Sacramento. Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact reporter Chris Nichols checked out this eye-opening claim.
New U.S. Census figures released this month show California still has the highest rate of poverty in the nation. Just over 15 percent of Californians lived in poverty in 2015, which is down from the previous year. But social service advocates say the poverty rate is still too high, and is particularly pervasive in places like San Bernardino. The California Report's John Sepulvado spoke with Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget & Policy Center about what life is like for a poor family in San Bernardino and other centers of poverty in the state.
A majority of Californians believe poverty is a serious problem - but disagree over what to do about it. That's according to a survey conducted for our California Counts public radio collaboration on election coverage. Here's more from the California Report's Steven Cuevas.