‘Cliff effect’ blamed for keeping Coloradans in poverty

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‘Cliff effect’ blamed for keeping Coloradans in poverty

Poor families lose benefits if they earn too much
Rachel Contizano, 32, a single mother in Aurora who lost her job in 2009, recently graduated magna cum laude from Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver. She has calculated she needs to earn about $43,000 to make up for the loss of food stamps, day-car -assistance for her 4-year-old son, Medicaid and rental subsidies she receives.
Jeannett Escarcega encountered the “cliff effect” after taking a $14-an-hour job that triggered the loss of $500 in monthly food-stamp support and more in child-care assistance. “I cry on my way to work,” said Escarcega, who lives with her son, John, 4.
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‘Cliff effect’ blamed for keeping Coloradans in poverty

Rachel Contizano, 32, a single mother in Aurora who lost her job in 2009, recently graduated magna cum laude from Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver. She has calculated she needs to earn about $43,000 to make up for the loss of food stamps, day-car -assistance for her 4-year-old son, Medicaid and rental subsidies she receives.
Jeannett Escarcega encountered the “cliff effect” after taking a $14-an-hour job that triggered the loss of $500 in monthly food-stamp support and more in child-care assistance. “I cry on my way to work,” said Escarcega, who lives with her son, John, 4.
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