Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Empowering Opportunities Initiative

Pennsylvania Republican’s poverty mission draws praise, skeptics

Republican state rep to travel across the commonwealth

By Kate Giammarise / Post Gazette Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — A Republican state representative is on a mission to learn more about poverty in Pennsylvania, despite skepticism from within his own party, Democrats and some advocates of the poor.

“Contrary to popular opinion, poverty is not confined to one region of the state. And it is not confined to one demographic,” said Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, announcing his initiative last month in the Capitol.

Mr. Reed, who chairs the GOP-controlled House Majority Policy Committee, said he aims to assess government’s role in fighting poverty, and intends to cross the state to learn what poverty looks like in urban, suburban and rural settings.

He’ll be in Pittsburgh this month.

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