Forget Fastest Growing, Focus on Food, Shelter and Well-Being

The place where we live is the fastest growing area in the nation. We have record unemployment (3.1%) and a thriving economy. Our government policies earned us the title of "best managed state" in the nation. From a business and economic standpoint, we are at the top. So how can we have these troubling statistics concerning our well-being? We have child poverty at 12%, food insecurity ("child hunger") at 19%, young people living at home is over 30%, suicide rate is 4 times the national average, an opioid addiction crisis, average wages at near the lowest in the nation and even lower for women. Food (one in five are hungry), shelter (one in three cannot afford a house) and well-being (crisis

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