Red states continue to lead in poverty as officials slash benefits
Seven of the ten states with the highest poverty rates in 2022 were led by Republican governors, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data. Mississippi, piloted by Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, wrestled the top spot away from Louisiana, as its official poverty rate only fell slightly in 2022 to 19.2 percent. Louisiana, headed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, saw poverty drop a full percentage point to 18.6 percent. Red West Virginia and blue New Mexico also switched places to round out the top four.