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ST. PAUL – This week State Representative Carlos Mariani, co-chair of the Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, reported the Commission’s findings to members of the House Health and Human Services Policy and Oversight Committee.
"It’s been an honor to serve on this 18-member bi-partisan, bi-cameral commission to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. Building on our state’s shared values of work, initiative and compassion, we developed a 21st Century approach that has us focusing on how to help people develop their skills, build up assets and tie anti-poverty efforts to a prosperity agenda that benefits all Minnesotans," said State Rep. Mariani.
The Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020 began its work in June 2007 and finalized its recommendations in January 2009.
Major recommendations in the report include:
• Restore work as a means out of poverty
• Refocus public assistance to streamline services and support everyone’s capacity and potential
• Help Minnesotans build and maintain financial assets
• Revitalize our communities through infrastructure and person-to-person support
• Modernize our system of education to build the best workforce in the nation
• Develop an ongoing structure to monitor Minnesota’s efforts to end poverty
“There is a strong base of support in Minnesota to end poverty evidenced by the thousands of people who work and volunteer every day to make a difference,” said Rep. Mariani. “We are hopeful and confident that the enthusiasm generated by this Commission’s work will expand further with this report. By having state government partner with the faith, nonprofit, and business communities, we can, and will, end poverty in Minnesota by 2020.”
The final report of the Legislative Commission to End Poverty by 2020 is available at http://www.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/lcep/lcepnew.html.
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