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.

Education, health care, poverty and other big issues

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Jan. 27, 2013


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There are new worries that state revenues may end up falling far short of projections and stall action on issues key to Utah families, as lawmakers ready for the start... Read more »

Jan. 26, 2013


Fighting poverty with education; hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty

Education is the brightest hope for breaking the cycle of multi-generational poverty. But, kids born to poor, under-educated parents aren't likely to succeed at school... Read more »

Oct. 22, 2012


Highest priority should be rescuing children from poverty, lawmaker says

According to a report on intergenerational poverty by the Department of Workforce Services, there are 364,833 individuals living in poverty in Utah, or 13.2 percent of... Read more »

Oct. 17, 2012


Bureaucracies deal with symptoms, not causes of poverty

Some things never change, especially bureaucracies. Over 50 years ago, as a young social worker, I attended a child welfare conference in San Francisco where the... Read more »

Oct. 6, 2012


Agencies perpetuate the poverty cycle rather than creating a culture of caring

Does anyone care? Utah has a mounting child poverty rate, and more adults are going hungry. Yet, many of our elected leaders appear not to care. One who does care is... Read more »

Sept. 29, 2012


Breaking the cycle: Children of poverty become adults in poverty

Sophie Toese, simply by virtue of her gender, is almost two times as likely as a man to be a second generation recipient of public assistance. Add the children and the... Read more »

Sept. 28, 2012


Unlikely allies: Bipartisan support to help Utah's children

A third of Utah adults currently receiving public aid also grew up in a family that received government assistance. The reality in Utah, and across the United States,... Read more »

Sept. 9, 2012

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Combating intergenerational poverty

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recently signed into law SB37, which unanimously passed the Utah Legislature and which directs the Utah Workforces Services Department to gather... Read more »

Sept. 4, 2012


Breaking the cycle of Utah poverty

Want to break the cycle of poverty? We have a state lawmaker who wants to do so. Read more »

Jan. 28, 2012


Briefly at the Utah Legislature

Member of the Utah House and Senate voted Friday on bills addressing topics like Utah's official winter sports, Intergenerational poverty reporting, fireworks... Read more »

Jan. 27, 2012


Lawmaker wants to curb poverty with data-oriented approach

An Ogden lawmaker says regular reviews of public assistance data could hold the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Read more »

Jan. 21, 2012


Policymakers should shift priorities and resources to children

The American form of capitalism is the greatest economic system the world has ever known. It advances freedom like no other economic system has in the history of... Read more »

Nov. 27, 2011


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