APRIL 29, 2014 | by ELIZABETH STELLE
Here’s a sobering fact: 13.1 percent of Pennsylvanians live in poverty despite billions spent every year on the social safety net. Simply throwing more money at the problem won’t make it go away.
To address poverty at its roots, Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) and the Majority House Policy Committee released a new report called Beyond Poverty. Unlike many reports on chronic poverty, Beyond Poverty doesn’t offer policy solutions crafted in the halls of Harrisburg. Rather, the report identifies barriers to prosperity (or poverty traps) based on feedback from the poor themselves and those who serve them.
Another key difference is the bi-partisan approach. On the acknowledgements page you’ll notice a variety of organizations operating on both ends of the spectrum, from the Commonwealth Foundation, to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, to county agencies.
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