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Louisiana Public Square: Living Below the Line

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Airs sunday, November 22, at 6 p.m. Nearly one-fifth of Louisianans live below the poverty line. For an individual, that means an income of less than $11,770 a year. A family of four brings in less than $24,250. What is living in poverty like? What factors cause such a high percentage of the state’s population to live under such conditions? What hurdles are there to escaping poverty and how can they be overcome? Why is the gap widening between those who have the most and those who have the least? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Living Below the Line”
The program features interviews with Janet Simmons, Director of HOPE Ministries; Dr. Belinda Davis of LSU; and Randy Nichols, Executive Director of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless. LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and LSU School of Mass Communication Manship Chair, Bob Mann, moderate the discussion.

Our panelists are:
• Herbert Dixon, Louisiana Workforce Commission
• Darrin Goss, Capital Area United Way
• Jan Moller, Louisiana Budget Project
• Carmen Weisner, National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter

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