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by Mike Hall, May 12, 2011

In the upcoming budget debate, congressional Republicans have said they are more than willing to trade off huge cuts to programs that are vital to working families—especially to women and children—such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other key family helping programs in exchange for tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.

One of their biggest targets is Social Security. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) now has put together new fact sheets about the impact of Social Security on women and their families in all 50 states.

The fact sheets paint a picture of just how essential Social Security is for women and their families, including how many women and children receive Social Security in each state, average benefits for women and men, and Social Security’s role in lifting residents out of poverty

In Ohio, home to House Speaker John Boehner (R) who wants to raise the retirement age, 91 percent of residents who are 65—the current retirement age—receive Social Security benefits, and the majority are women. Nearly 160,000 Ohio children receive Social Security benefits because of the loss of a parent’s income due to death, disability or retirement.

In Kentucky the home state of Social Security privatization advocates Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R), one in five residents—some 871,000 people—receive disability, survivor, and/or retirement benefits from Social Security. Older women living alone in Kentucky have a median income of $16,100 per year and Social Security represents 73 percent of that amount.

Click here for all 50 fact sheets.

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