HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding President Obama’s trip to Philadelphia.
“Pennsylvanians are doing worse after eight years of the Obama-Clinton agenda,” Gleason said. “Under the Obama-Clinton agenda, more Pennsylvanians are living in poverty, fewer Pennsylvanians own their homes, and countless Pennsylvanians are faced with skyrocketing health care costs. Pennsylvania can’t afford another four years of the Obama-Clinton agenda.
“Donald Trump knows what it takes to create jobs and be successful in this economy. We’re excited to work to help Mr. Trump reverse the disastrous effects of the Obama-Clinton agenda and Make America Great Again.”
Pennsylvanians Are Making Less Money Under Obama
During The Obama Administration, Median Household Income In Pennsylvania Has Fallen $1,348, From $56,521 In 2008 To $55,173 In 2014. (Census, Accessed 9/16/2015)
More Pennsylvanians Are Living In Poverty Under Obama
Under Obama, The Poverty Rate In Pennsylvania Has Increased By 1.5 Percentage Points, From 11.0 Percent In 2008 To 12.5 Percent In 2014. (Census, Accessed 9/16/2015)
- Under Obama, 246,000 More People In Pennsylvania Have Fallen Into Poverty, An Increase Of 18.4 Percent. (Census, Accessed 9/16/2015)
Poverty Rates In 23 Cities In Pennsylvania Increased Between 2009 And 2014. “Median household income and median home values experienced statistically significant growth in only two cities from 2005-2009 to 2010-2014, while statistically significant declines occurred in 13 and 19 cities, respectively. The news for poverty rates was worse. Only one city showed statistically significant improvement, while 23 cities reported statistically significant increases in poverty rates.” (“Study Shows Increase In Poverty Rates Here,” The Express, 12/9/2015)
- Only One City In Pennsylvania Has Reported An Improved Poverty Rate During The Obama Administration. “The news for poverty rates was worse. Only one city showed statistically significant improvement, while 23 cities reported statistically significant increases in poverty rates.” (“Study Shows Increase In Poverty Rates Here,” The Express, 12/9/2015)
More Pennsylvanians Are Living Off Of Food Stamps Under Obama
Under Obama, The Number Of People In Pennsylvania Receiving Food Stamps Has Increased By 43 Percent, From 1,299,743 In January 2009 To 1,860,827 In May 2016. (USDA Food And Nutrition Service, Accessed 8/24/2016)
Between 2009 And 2014, Thirty-Eight Cities In Pennsylvania Reported Significant Increases In The Number Of People Receiving Food Stamps. “Between 2010-2014 and the previous five-year period, 38 cities in the state reported significant changes – all increases – in the number of people receiving food stamps/SNAP benefits.” (“Study Shows Increase In Poverty Rates Here,” The Express, 12/9/2015)
Less Pennsylvanians Own Their Own Homes Under Obama
Under Obama, The Home Ownership Rate In Pennsylvania Has Fallen 3.3 Percentage Points. (Census, Accessed 5/11/2016)
Philadelphia’s Rental Population Is Growing Rapidly As Home Ownership Declines. “A longtime bastion of urban homeownership, renters are still in the minority in Philadelphia. But probably not for too much longer. In fact, Philadelphia’s rental population grew 28 percent between 2006 and 2013, the biggest gain of all 11 cities the Furman Center examined.” (Patrick Kerkstra, “Urban Homeownership Is Dying Away,” Philly Mag, 2/11/2015)