The cost to the American economy of childhood poverty alone is about $500 billion a year – almost 4% of the Gross Domestic Product. The cost is measured in lost productivity and economic output, in higher crime rates, and in higher health care costs. View report.Imagine what this means for Minnesota in which the numbers of children in poverty has been growing since 2003. More than 150,000 children in Minnesota now live below the federal poverty line, a line that measures destitution. Another 206,000 children are living in households unable to meet their basic needs – in which low wages are not enough to pay for food, housing, clothing and transportation. Read more from The Children's Defense Fund Minnsesota.And we are seeing the costs:
It is time:Minnesota begins the 21st century with a legacy of prosperity and progressive successes – but we face new challenges:
To learn more visit the Half in Ten website at www.halfinten.org.
Legislative Commission to End PovertyThe Minnesota State Legislature established the Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020 in 2006 with the mission to develop guidelines to end poverty and prepare recommendation on how to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020.
Learn more about the Commission and read their recommendations at their website.
Poverty is too little money to cover basic and fundamental needs. The solutions must be ones that make it possible for Minnesotans to:
Our Coalition explores policy options that affirm our state’s core values: Work, Opportunity, Fair play, Compassion, and Community. We can build on a legacy of introducing the nation to effective and innovative solutions to end poverty. It's possible. It's time.