State drops in U.S. rank for children’s well-being, report shows
Vermont was ranked fifth in the nation in an annual report on child well-being Tuesday, down three spots from its second-place ranking in 2014.
“I think the takeaway is that the effects of the recession are not only lingering, they’re getting worse for some children,” said Christopher Curtis, a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid and co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Pathways Out of Poverty. “My fear is that low income families are falling farther and farther behind.”
“We have to stop attacking the social safety net,” Curtis said. For a decade or more, budget cuts or reductions have undermined Vermont’s social safety net, destabilizing families that rely on them, he said.
“I don’t think it’s surprising when we live in an era of austerity,” Curtis said.
Read more: VT Digger | July 22, 2015