Adam Parker of Independent Mail coverage partner The (Charleston) Post and Courier
Posted February 18, 2011 at 6:19 a.m.
To be a child in South Carolina is risky business.
Nearly half of the state's 1 million residents under 18 "lived in some officially measured degree of poverty" last year, according to a report issued Thursday. About half of all children qualified for Medicaid benefits in any given month, and more than one-third received subsidized school meals.
The 35-page report from the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children is meant to provide lawmakers with information they can use to make policy and funding decisions, its authors said.
The report offers no concrete recommendations, only an acknowledgement of current economic challenges and the general admonition that political decisions should strike a balance between the need for budget reductions and the obligations to the state's children. FULL STORY
This story includes plenty of highly interesting statistics.