The 2015 Legislature adopted a number of policy and budget recommendations to help reduce Oregon’s high poverty rate.
These included reinvestment in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), expansion of employer related day care, increased child care tax credits, and continuation of the Individual Development Account program that helps low-income families build financial security. See our summary of poverty reduction proposals and how the Legislature responded.
OBC directors and other business leaders supported these and related measures, joining with community organizations to advocate state policies and investments aimed at reducing poverty in Oregon.
OBC directors submitted letters of support for bills to provide seed funding for poverty reduction initiatives in high poverty communities and to continue and strengthen the Individual Development Account program.
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National poverty expert David Riemer presented a five-point plan Thursday that he argued could reduce poverty nationally by as much as half.
Riemer is a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His talk, at Portland State University, was hosted by the OBC Poverty Task Force and the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State. Here is a slide show and a brief that accompanied his talk. Also, read about simulation modeling of the five-point plan, Reducing Poverty in the United States.
The 12th Leadership Summit of the Oregon Business Plan drew nearly 1,200 participants January 6 at the Oregon Convention Center.
Elected leaders from both parties endorsed the key priorities in the 2015 Business Plan: 1) connecting education to careers, 2) putting natural resources to work, and 3) modernizing Oregon’s infrastructure.
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