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Intergenerational poverty

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

Few things are more troubling to a state's long-term outlook than having a segment of its population caught in a downward cycle of poverty that gets passed from generation to generation. Utah has already begun tracking data on this type of poverty, having set up a commission last year to help identify solutions.

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.

Bureaucracies perpetuate poverty

Fighting poverty is a growth industry that perpetuates the cycle of poverty. We have created a vast network of specialized social service bureaucracies that help... Read more »

May 11, 2013

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Utah's child poverty rate rising, 2013 KIDS COUNT report says

Sixteen percent of Utah children live in poverty, according to the latest KID COUNTS report released Thursday. For the first time, the annual report also explores the... Read more »

April 26, 2013

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Former LDS Church presiding bishop appointed to Utah's new welfare commission

H. David Burton, former presiding bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been appointed to the Utah Intergenerational Welfare Commission. He... Read more »

April 24, 2013

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'Inherited' poverty

When it comes to fighting chronic homelessness, Utah is developing an impressive track record. The Utah homes for the homeless initiative and the Road Home shelter... Read more »

March 19, 2013

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Economic growth remains a focus on education

Legislative efforts to put Utah in a position to maintain and build its healthy economy focused on education and the desire to free Point of the Mountain from the... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Family health successes overshadowed by Medicaid debate

A power struggle with the governor on Medicaid expansion dominated the conversation on family health at the 2013 Legislature, but lawmakers did make friendly moves... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Poverty battle will center on new state commission

Sen. Stuart Reid has a to-do list for five state department heads for the coming year: Develop policy recommendations to break the cycle of children in poverty... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Education gets a boost, but preschool advances remain elusive

Education funding received a boost at the 2013 Legislature, but specific attention to preschool development for children, caps on class sizes and time for teachers to... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Higher education action includes money for tech college

For months, Gov. Gary Herbert has been advocating for a statewide goal to have two-thirds of Utah's adults holding a postsecondary degree or certification by the... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Calm legislative session makes some gains

The 2013 Legislature was summed up as calm and even boring as lawmakers tried to stay away from controversy and put their focus on education and other issues important... Read more »

March 16, 2013

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Parental rights, adoption, public assistance top human services agenda

Children ages 12 and older could petition courts through attorneys to ask that their parents' parental rights be restored in limited circumstances under a bill passed... Read more »

March 14, 2013

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State income tax credit to aid the working poor passes House

A bill to establish a state-level earned income tax narrowly passed in the Utah House of Representatives on Monday evening, advancing to the Senate by a vote of 41-30. Read more »

March 11, 2013

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Intergenerational poverty commission bill passes Utah Legislature

Utah will create a state commission to develop policy recommendations to end intergenerational poverty and dependence on public assistance programs. Read more »

Feb. 21, 2013

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A path forward: Finishing high school with college degree

Through a combination of advanced placement, concurrent enrollment and early college courses, students are able to begin their post-secondary studies early and in most... Read more »

Feb. 9, 2013

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Bill to create commission to study intergenerational poverty advances to Senate

A bill to create a state commission to develop policy recommendations to end intergenerational poverty has been forwarded to the Utah Senate. Read more »

Feb. 4, 2013

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Lawmakers to tackle the question: Can the poverty cycle be halted in Utah?

Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, is sponsoring legislation to establish a commission to study recently released data on intergenerational poverty in Utah and to develop... Read more »

Jan. 31, 2013

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Educating our children: Balancing the obligations of parents and the state

When Anitra Koehler thinks about the future of her elementary-age children's education, she worries about schools teaching to the test and focusing on literacy and... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2013

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Issues that matter to Utah families

Based on our grass-roots efforts, Deseret News editors have identified five key issues that matter to Utah families — issues that are interrelated and essential... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2013

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Education, health care, poverty and other big issues

The Deseret News today is analyzing five big issues critically important to Utah families. Here are our quick observations: Read more »

Jan. 27, 2013

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