THE PLEDGE TO TALK ABOUT POVERTY

Do you want to learn more about who is living in poverty in North Carolina? See the Budget & Tax Center’s newest report on poverty and infographic on poverty and people in NC.

Nearly 1 in 5 North Carolinians live in poverty. More troubling, the number jumps to 1 in 4 for the state’s children who are still in peril. The impact of poverty is long-term and wide-ranging, impacting not just those living in poverty but all of us. North Carolina’s ability to deliver on its promise of equal opportunity and upward mobility requires building an economy that works for everyone.

North Carolinians who are poor remain politically invisible year after year. An honest and substantive discussion about poverty is, and has long been, virtually missing from the public debates—and perhaps even missing from dinner-table conversations. Even worse, in recent months in North Carolina as across the country, the poor have been much maligned just as a pathway to the middle class has been blocked.

State lawmakers dismantled some of the state’s best anti-poverty tools—such as the state Earned Income Tax Credit—and failed to adequately invest in the building blocks of a strong economy, including public education. And, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pursuing deep and prolonged cutbacks in vital safety net programs that support struggling families, including the SNAP program (formerly known as food stamps).

As poverty rates remain resistant to the economic recovery, now is the time to change the discussion and extend policies that reduce poverty and hardship.  The conversation begins with you. Here are some conversation starters to #TalkPoverty.

Raise your voice to declare that persistently high poverty rates are unacceptable in North Carolina. Let’s talk poverty.

 

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