Nearly a quarter of the population in the Central Valley agricultural hub lives in poverty. With state officials slashing billions of dollars in services to help balance the budget, few places will feel the effects more deeply.
The vast fruit fields, picturesque farmhouses and rolling foothills of Tulare County mask an ugly reality: Nearly a quarter of the population in this Central Valley agricultural hub lives in poverty, and one in three residents receives state aid — the largest proportion in California.
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