Ending Poverty

By providing opportunity while stressing personal responsibility, we can lift more than 37 million Americans out of poverty. Let’s do it. Although a strong economy and real job growth are the best remedies for fighting poverty and raising the real income of working families – as was demonstrated under President Clinton – we also need to implement commonsense policies to help those hard-working, but low-skilled Americans who are living paycheck to paycheck and sinking deeper in debt.

The following policies can help strengthen our middle class – our nation’s backbone:

  • Expanding vocational training programs for unemployed workers, including former welfare recipients
  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Using enterprise zones and redevelopment in depressed regions
  • Investing in economic development programs, such as job-creating and relocation incentives for companies in underserved urban neighborhoods and rural areas
  • Restoring workers’ freedom to choose a union
  • Supporting affordable housing
  • Cracking down on predatory payday lending and unfair mortgage practices
  • Expanding access to banks and credit
  • Encouraging saving
  • Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit

Vote for Jared Polis on August 12th, 2008