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Five Good Ideas to Combat Poverty in America

By David T. Applegate, Research and Policy Assistant, National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity

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With midterm elections only a few weeks away, politicians are busy on the campaign trail talking to millions of Americans about our nation’s challenges and their plans for how to address them effectively. As candidates frame the issues, debate ideas, and seek to draw voters to the polls, we believe there’s one pressing issue that deserves to be on the top of the agenda: poverty.

The most recent poverty data show that 14.5 percent of Americans, or 45.3 million people, live in poverty. Nearly 20 million Americans are considered extremely poor which, for a family of three, means living on less than about $9,000 per year. Digging deeper into these numbers, nearly one in five children lives in poverty and as many as 6.5 million children live in families that are extremely poor. Hispanics and African-Americans represent 30 percent of the total population, but 52.5 percent of the population living in poverty.

We believe that every person deserves the opportunity to support themselves and their families and that no one should live in poverty. As we enter the final weeks of the 2014 election season, we have five anti-poverty strategies that we’d like to see candidates talking about—and taking action on once they’re in office.

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5 Wins for Jobs in the Budget

Melissa Young, Associate Director, National Transitional Jobs Network

BudgetOn Wednesday, April 10 President Obama released his FFY2014 budget proposal. As a whole, it reflects a strong commitment to battling back America’s stubbornly high unemployment, building pathways to work for many of our nation’s chronically unemployed individuals, and creating jobs in our communities. However, the President’s budget also reflects some concessions that leave us at the National Transitional Jobs Network feeling uneasy about the future of the safety-net system and our nation’s commitment to upholding the values that #AmericaBelieves should drive fiscal policy decisions.

5 Wins for Jobs in the FFY14 President’s Budget:

1. Creating & Building Ladders of Opportunity. The President’s budget calls for the creation of a Pathways Back to Work Fund to create pathways to work for every American. The Fund includes:

  • temporary subsidized employment opportunities for low-income adults;
  • summer and year-round employment opportunities for low-income youth; and
  • a competitive grants program to support employment and training strategies designed to improve outcomes for low-income and long-term unemployed adults and youth.

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No More Fiscal Mischief: Untangling the Deficit Reduction Debates

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Congress may have averted the “fiscal cliff”, but now the “fiscal rift” in Washington over how to achieve further deficit reduction could mean far more harmful consequences for low-income individuals and those who are chronically unemployed.

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