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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.

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Jan. 26, 2014

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