In this 2010 file photo, a woman who is applying for Medicaid and appealing a rejection for disability income, searches through a folder of paperwork while talking with her doctor.
T.J. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News archives
Fifty years since President Lyndon B. Johnson, in announcing his War on Poverty, asserted that the cause (of poverty) may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, policies need to be refined and refocused to address causes, rather than symptoms.
As in 2013, the Deseret News will focus its legislative coverage on the issue of intergenerational poverty, in addition to four other areas of emphasis.
Utah's graduation-rate improvements are significant. Yet, there's still much work to be done. What accounts for impressive progress? And what are ongoing barriers? And... Read more »
The Equality of Opportunity Project involved the tracking of millions of families over a period of years and uncovered a direct link between a child’s future... Read more »
Utahns and Americans witnessed last week two minority groups in the midst of major societal change. One is arguing for the ultimate recognition before the U.S. Supreme... Read more »
SB262, which would have created a mechanism to fund educational services for families living in intergenerational poverty, was put on hold by its sponsor this session... Read more »
Lawmakers faced three major issues at the start of the 2015 Legislature that have yet to be resolved — Medicaid expansion, religious liberty and... Read more »
Harvard and University of California Berkeley researchers put Salt Lake City on the short list of best places for upward mobility. But a new analysis asks if that's... Read more »
In three years, Sen. Stuart Reid has guided an effort to address intergeneration poverty from the research stage to tapping state and federal funds for after-school... Read more »
Members of the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend a bill establishing a grant program to provide extra-curricular tutoring for... Read more »
A bill that would allow for extended-day learning and other initiatives for children affected by intergenerational poverty passed an initial vote by the Senate on Monday. Read more »
Some of the most active debate of the 2014 legislative session came during discussion of HB96, which would allow private firms to invest in preschool programs for... Read more »
Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Salt Lake City, proposes to raise Utah's minimum wage to $10.25 an hour and give restaurant servers and those who work mostly for tips a $1... Read more »
A Senate committee endorsed a bill Monday that would create a grant program for after-school instruction in reading and math aimed at "rescuing" children from... Read more »
Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, is sponsoring legislation to spend $5 million a year for a program that would allow elementary schools to provide after-school instruction... Read more »
When the 2014 Legislature begins meeting Monday, lawmakers will face a pressure familiar to Utah families, trying to make sure there's enough money to keep up with... Read more »
Legislative issues that matter to Utah families. Read more »
Many issues will vie for attention in the coming weeks. The Deseret News has chosen five we feel are of particular importance and concern. Read more »
Some 50,000 refugees from 20 countries have been resettled in Utah, state lawmakers were told Wednesday. All but about 300 live in Salt Lake County. Read more »
The second-annual report on intergenerational poverty in Utah cautions that the cycle will continue absent "intervention." The report, released Thursday, will help... Read more »
There is hope for the poor in the form of an innovative program called an Individual Development Account. Read more »
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