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California Keeps Its Title as Having the Nation’s Highest Poverty Rate

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California tops the poverty level of all other states at 13.2 percent, more than a third higher than the national rate. (GV Wire File/Jahz Tello)
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Congratulations California, you’ve done it again — retained your title of having the highest level of poverty of any state.

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Dan Walters

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Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He began his professional career in 1960, at age 16, at the Humboldt Times. CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters. For more columns by Dan Walters, go to calmatters.org/commentary.

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Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. He has written more than 9,000 columns about the state and its politics and is the founding editor of the “California Political Almanac.” Dan has also been a frequent guest on national television news shows, commenting on California issues and policies.