10 Reasons Why Cutting Poverty Is Good for Our Nation
A Hand Up Creates a Stronger and More Vibrant Middle Class
A new report from the Half in Ten campaign, “Restoring Shared Prosperity: Strategies to Cut Poverty and Expand Economic Growth,” examines recent data on poverty in our nation and provides a set of benchmarks to help policymakers stay on target to cut poverty in half in 10 years. The report shows that more than 15 percent of Americans—one in six—fell below the official poverty line in 2010—defined as a family of four with income below $22,314. Child poverty increased noticeably between 2009 and 2010, too, with more than one in five children—22 percent—living in poverty.
Poverty affects more Americans than we think
Rising poverty among children is particularly harmful to society
Poverty increases health risks
Poverty weakens families
Poverty traps individuals and decreases mobility
Poverty costs our economy billions of dollars annually
Poverty weakens the middle class, the engine of America’s economic growth
Poverty weakens communities and access to the American Dream
Poverty lowers U.S. long-term competiveness
Poverty weakens our democracy
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