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April 27, 2007

Center for American Progress Report: Strategy to cut poverty in half

Poverty_to_prosperity The Center for American Progress just released a report prepared by Mark Greenberg, Indivar Dutta-Gupta, and Elisa Minoff entitled From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half (April 2007).  The report's conclusions are based in part on an Urban Institute calculation of the anti-poverty effects of the CAP's suggested changes, available here

The members of the Task Force on Poverty set out four basic principals for their recommendations/report:
1. Promote Decent Work.
2. Provide Opportunity for All.
3. Ensure Economic Security.
4. Help People Build Wealth.

They then set out specific recommendations, most of which are based upon expanding existing systems of delivering resources to the poor.  It is an ambitious proposal, albeit based largely on existing preferences such as maintaining the importance of work for the poor to deserve support or support for opportunity of children but less attention on second opportunities for those who didn't do as well at that point in their life but want another chance at the good life.  Not lost on the report writers is the fact that perhaps, with the changing political reality, the suggestions might have some possibility of being acted upon.

A special thank you for Deborah Cantrell for forwarding the report.  =)
- E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu 

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