Monday, February 28, 2005

Half of Seniors in Poverty Without Social Security

From Tom

Social Security isn't just a nice extra bonus check for many senior citizens. For millions, it's the difference between being poor and being able to make ends meet comfortably. In fact, if Social Security income is not factored in, one in every two seniors would live in poverty. Adding Social Security reduces that number to one in 12. And these figures hold true for every state in the nation.

These are among the findings of a new report from the Center For Budget And Policy Priorities. Also included is state-by-state data tallying the number of seniors protected from poverty by Social Security—figures our policymakers should be keeping in mind. SEE THE REPORT

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