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|Governor-Elect Mark Dayton|
For Minnesota to reduce its poverty rates some significant trends are needing reversing. With the current tax and economic situation 40% of the jobs created in Minnesota can not support a family. Also consider in Minnesota:
- One in four women over the age 16 is experiencing poverty
- The poverty rate grew by 4% between 1999 and 2009, the fourth highest rate in nation
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- Restore work as a way 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 though 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 effort to end poverty
|Gary Cunningham, NW Area Foundation|
Gary Cunningham, Vice President of Programs with the Northwest Area Foundation, provided a glimmer of hope, noting that "in the darkest days we can see the light." He also presented a matching challenge of $50,000 from the Northwest Area Foundation to help support A Minnesota without Poverty.
Nancy Maeker, Executive Director
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Half in Ten is also working to reduce the United State's level of poverty in half, within the next ten years.