INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A pair of reports released last week highlight different angles of the continuing troubles faced by Indiana's working poor and raising questions about who ends up paying for their safety net.
The Kaiser Family Foundation found 182,000 residents fall into a health insurance coverage "gap" because the state has not expanded Medicaid coverage. And a jobs study from the University of California, Berkeley found almost half of Indiana's fast food workers are also receiving public assistance.
Veteran Indiana economist Morton Marcus said the persistence of low-wage jobs and minimal public assistance makes the state a tough place to live for the working poor.
The new figures come as state leaders continue working with new education and training initiatives aimed at curbing the state's obstinately high unemployment rate.
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