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Legislature Embraces Policy Reforms for Poverty Reduction Offered by OBC and Advocate Groups

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.

Through OBC’s Poverty Reduction Initiative, 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.

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Riemer Offers Five-Point Plan for Poverty Reduction

National poverty expert David Riemer recently presented a five-point plan 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.

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