Work and Family: The Keys to Reducing Poverty

There are four lessons that policymakers should keep in mind when trying to improve the safety net; (1) require work as a condition of assistance, (2) reward work with government supports that help low-wages go further, (3) talk honestly about the importance of family in avoiding poverty, and (4) promote economic growth that creates jobs. Many of our antipoverty programs have lost sight of these principles, and have left more Americans in poverty as a result. Any plan of action for reducing poverty, increasing self-sufficiency, and promoting upward mobility requires a renewed emphasis on work and two-parent families.

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