In a November 1, op-ed piece in the News & Observer, Gene Nichol director of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work & Opportunity raises the question of how a society can simultaneously be the richest, poorest, and fairest.  He wonders why, despite significant increases in poverty in our state, the issue of poverty has been absent in the recent political campaigns.  He notes that:

- 11 years ago, North Carolina had the 26th highest rate of poverty among states.  Now, we are ranked 13th.

- 40% of North Carolina children of color live in poverty.

Check out the entire article.