Seizing the Moment: State Governments and the New Commitment to Reduce Poverty in America

Seizing the Moment: State Governments and the New Commitment to Reduce Poverty in America

According to a joint report from the Center for Law and Social Policy and the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, the growing number of cities and states working to reduce poverty suggests a sea change in attitudes toward the issue is occurring. The report, Seizing the Moment: State Governments and the New Commitment to Reduce Poverty in America (53 pages, PDF), argues that with economic mobility stalled, economic inequality widening, and a recession looming, poverty is back on the public agenda. The report provides statistics, summarizes the anti-poverty initiatives of fifteen states, and calls for setting quantitative poverty reduction goals and timelines.