Last week, the House Majority Policy Committee launched our newest policy initiative Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty. With nearly $1 trillion spent nationwide combatting poverty coupled with 1.5 million Pennsylvanians and 46 million Americans still living in poverty; clearly we must readjust our focuses.
The Policy Committee is planning to investigate both the cycle of poverty and how current programs combat challenges facing our low income citizens. Because this issue is so vast, and the Policy Committee will be crisscrossing the state hosting a wide variety of roundtable discussions, tours, and hearings regarding the issues related to poverty, I wanted to make sure folks had a chance to take this journey along with us.
The blog will serve as an update from both myself and my fellow legislators as we make new discoveries throughout this process.
Make sure to constantly check back for updates from our various meetings with stakeholders, newspaper articles, and other Policy Committee events related to the Empowering Opportunities initiative.
With that being said, check out my first update on my thoughts from poverty simulation held on July 15th, just hours after our press conference.
-Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana)