The 2015 Legislature supported a number of measures 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 legislative highlights on policy measures.
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 states should deploy to help people work their way out of poverty. As noted at left, Oregon embraces many of these remedies.
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 accompany his talk. Also, see the white paper, Reducing Poverty in the United States.
The 12th Leadership Summit of the Oregon Business Plan drew record attendance January 6 at the Oregon Convention Center. Nearly 1,200 participants heard a stellar lineup of business and elected leaders weigh in on a range of issues.
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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