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Recently released American Community Survey (ACS) figures show that the percentage of Maryland children living in poverty has begun to stabilize after steady increases since 2006. While it is good news that the increase has leveled, the disconcerting fact is that it is 42.3 percent higher than pre-recession levels. The recession of 2007-2009 has played an undeniable role in these increases. However, the slow growth of the economy and polarizing politics continue to further destabilize programs and resources aimed at protecting individuals from—and ultimately reducing—poverty.