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2 Moving the Legislative Commission to End Poverty Recommendations Forward in the Legislature

3 Outcomes for Regional Convening: Commit to work together on a multi-year process to implement LCEP recommendations Support two priority issues for 2013 Connect other issues to LCEP recommendations Plan of action for 1-3 specific action steps

4 Some Present Realities OR Why we need to work together

5 2011 Federal Poverty Guidelines

6 Poverty in Minnesota , , , ,970 (US Census Bureau)

7 Realities Minnesota minimum wage $6.15 Federal minimum wage $7.25 A family of four in greater Minnesota would need to make $12.56/hour per worker to meet basic needs A family of four in Metro--$14.03

8 Poverty Is Too Expensive for Workers At Minimum wage of $7.25 Couple with 2 children: 155 hours each week (JOBS NOW Coalition)

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10 Child Poverty in Minnesota 2010 Young children are the age group most likely to be in poverty: 16.1% of Minnesotas children under age 6 are living in poverty. Thats nearly 1 in 6.

11 Child Poverty in Minnesota 2010:192,000 (15.2%) 62% increase from :194,000

12 Child Poverty

13 Causes of Poverty Recognize causes of poverty: Individual Community Exploitation Structural

14 Addressing Poverty ThroughTo Address Causes Service Individual EducationCommunity AdvocacyExploitation Structural

15 A Minnesota Without Poverty Response We believe there is enough for all to have enough, if we all do our part.

16 Build Organize Mobilize A statewide movement to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020 A Minnesota Without Poverty

17 A Common Foundation: Shared Principles for Work on Overcoming Poverty Originated in 2004 in the Saint Paul Area Synod and Signed by 35 religious leaders and many faithful citizens

18 A Surprising Step Forward March 17, 2006 Senator John Hottinger used the Common Foundation as text for the bill to create a bi-partisan Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020

19 A Major Step Forward Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020

20 Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020 Public Launching-Jan 9, 2009

21 The Case for Ending Poverty Ending Poverty Benefits All Focuses Attention on Important Issues Right and Compassionate Thing to Do

22 Key Values People are Assets Employment is the Best Means Communities, Families and Individuals have Roles

23 Elements of Economic Well-Being Income Wealth Place Beliefs, attitudes, values

24 Measuring Poverty Federal Poverty Measure National Academy of Sciences Relative Measure at 50% of Median

25 Issues of Disparity Race and Poverty Women and Poverty

26 Poverty and Race in Minnesota Poverty rate among white Minnesotans: 6 th lowest in the nation

27 Poverty and Race in Minnesota Poverty rate among African Americans in Minnesota: 3 rd highest in the nation

28 Poverty and Race 2010 POVERTY RATE MNUS African Americans 37%27% American Indian 39%28%

29 Poverty and Gender 1 in 4 women over the age of 16 is living in poverty

30 Poverty and Gender A single female-headed household with children under age 5 is 12 times more likely to be living in poverty

31 Healthcare Crisis Healthcare Access Healthcare Costs

32 The Case for Ending Poverty Key Values Elements of Economic Well-Being Measuring PovertyIssues of DisparityHealthcare Crisis

33 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Report Restore Work as Means Out of Poverty

34 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Report Restore Work as Means Out of Poverty Refocus Public Assistance

35 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Report Restore Work as Means Out of Poverty Refocus Public Assistance Build Financial Assets

36 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Report Restore Work as Means Out of Poverty Refocus Public Assistance Build Financial Assets Revitalize Communities

37 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Report Restore Work as Means Out of Poverty Refocus Public Assistance Build Financial Assets Revitalize Communities Modernize System of Education

38 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Report Restore Work as Means Out of Poverty Refocus Public Assistance Build Financial Assets Revitalize Communities Modernize System of Education Develop Structure to Monitor Efforts

39 AMWP Priorities for Legislative Commission to End Poverty Work Plan (facilitate and lead a collaborative process) Micro-Enterprise Partnerships in various parts of Minnesota

40 LCEP Work Plan ORGANIZE to develop work plan for the LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO END POVERTY recommendations

41 LCEP Work Plan Reinvigorate LCEP recommendations by: Convening organizations and key people Tracking progress Informing legislature and general public Planning for implementation

42 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Work Plan Sent survey to 70+ organizations regarding which recommendations They have already worked on Are working on Plan to work on Identified 11 key issues

43 Legislative Commission to End Poverty Work Plan Collaborative process with 70+ organizations has now developed into: Connecting to End Poverty: Moving the Legislative Commission to End Poverty Recommendations Forward in the Legislature

44 Connecting to End Poverty Dec 5, 2012

45 Connecting to End Poverty: Moving the Legislative Commission to End Poverty Recommendations Forward in the LegislatureDec 5, 2012

46 Connecting to End Poverty Dec 5, 2012 Goals for the Convening: Commit to multi-year process Identify 1-3 common issues with greatest impact for ending poverty Connect other issues to LCEP

47 Connecting to End Poverty Recommendation 1: Restore work as a way out of poverty Minimum wage Child care assistance Tax credits

48 Connecting to End Poverty Recommendation 2: Refocus public assistance to streamline services and support everyones capacity and potential SNAP Public support program eligibility

49 Connecting to End Poverty Recommendation 3: Help Minnesotans build and maintain financial assets Financial literacy Asset development

50 Connecting to End Poverty Recommendation 4: Revitalize communities through infrastructure and person-to- person support Housing Health care

51 Connecting to End Poverty Recommendation 5: Modernize our system of education to build the best workforce in the nation Early childhood care and education

52 Connecting to End Poverty Recommendation 6: Develop ongoing structure to monitor Minnesotas efforts to end poverty Poverty impact Projection

53 Connecting to End Poverty If we work on this together in 2013, we will have the greatest impact toward ending poverty by VOTE with your DOTS!

54 Issues to Work on Together Family Economic Security Act (FES) Raise minimum wage to $9.50 Childcare assistance Working Family Credit

55 Issues to Work on Together Poverty Impact Projection (PIP) Assesses the effect that proposed policy would have on the number of people in poverty.

56 Next Steps in Connecting to End Poverty Webpage devoted to Connecting to End Poverty on Documents, legislative bills and updates

57 Next Steps Regional Convenings March 12Duluth March 13Mora March 19Rochester March 21Grand Rapids April 9Wadena April 16Moorhead Other possible sites in the fall

58 Outcomes for Regional Convening: Commit to work together on a multi-year process to implement LCEP recommendations Support for two priority issues for 2013 Connect other issues to LCEP recommendations ACTION PLAN: 1-3 action steps

59 Resource for Connecting to End Poverty ENOUGH FOR ALL Video Series Starring the Minnesota Church Ladies Budget Holes and Hot Dish Wedding Cake Conundrum Public Policy Pickles Capitol Capers for Our Kids

60 Minnesota Church Ladies Videos DVD/Conversation Guide with all four videos and connecting to Legislative Commission to End Poverty recommendationsavailable in March

61 We are all in this together… Connecting to End Poverty

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