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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.

Calm legislative session makes some gains

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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 »

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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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