Growing the Middle Class
Today, my son and I had the privilege of attending President Obama’s speech at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix (home of The Thunder!) It was exciting to have the President take note of our challenges and success here in Arizona and very exciting to see the enthusiasm of the students.
This speech is part of President Obama’s focus on the need to grow and nurture a strong middle class in our nation. Arizona families know all too well how fragile stability can be for the middle class. We’ve seen our statewide median family income shrink by a remarkable amount since the financial crisis started. In 2007, the median income for Arizona families with children was $58,891, adjusted for inflation. In 2011, just four years later, the median family income had dropped to $49,824 – a 15% drop.
The cornerstones for a strong middle class are clearly cornerstones all children need for security and opportunity: Parents with a good job with good wages. A home to call your own. A good education. Affordable health care that’s there for you when you get sick. And the chance to work hard and earn your way into the middle class.
Children’s Action Alliance is proud to work with policymakers, partners and champions across Arizona to build and rebuild these cornerstones for children’s health, education, and security.