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Which of the following states has the highest real poverty rate in the nation?

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The U.S. Census Bureau publishes a "Supplemental Poverty Measure" that accounts for factors missed by standard government measures, such as local costs of living and the value of non-cash government benefits like free housing. This constitutes a real measure of poverty. The latest Census data shows that California has a real poverty rate of 15.4%, the highest of any state in the nation. In comparison, the rate in Mississippi is 14.5%, and the rate in Alabama is 12.0%. Among many contributors to California's poverty rate are "green energy" policies that increase the costs of cars, gasoline, electricity, and home heating fuels.

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