@erik you mean like the money we are already spending on
intergenerational poverty, did you ever think it might be a good idea to try to
figure out what we are doing that is not working and that that might actually
save some of those oh so precious dollars that you care about? @SallyYou are half right there are some good studies out there on this
issue including from the university of Utah and BYU on this subject but I think
it is a bit of a stretch to call the "studies" the heritage foundation
has done a reasonable bases for any policy changes given their very clear and
openly stated biases. but you do effectively illustrate why this commission is
needed. We need level headed people that can set side their biases (not the best
job for you maybe) and look at the research and look at the credible available
data and figure out how to utilize this information to actually try to resolve
It is not difficult to do a little research to find the answer. We do not need
another study. From my reading, intergenerational poverty is caused by the
absence of married fathers. Government welfare programs favor unmarried mothers
with children. So, mothers have live-in boyfriends rather than being married.
Issues dealing with finding adequate work is also an issue. Our tax system is
set up to provide tax bonuses (that is what I call them) for those of low
income. One cannot analyze the situation without including all of the perks
received when one is of low income. Google Heritage.org, to read a study they
have done. Poverty of the 30's depression is not the poverty of today.
Most have well maintained housing, food, clothing, cars, air conditioning, etc.
I stopped listening to all the begging articles. I have relatives who have a
great life on welfare whether it be government or LDS church help. They have
learned how to manipulate. And yes, their children are repeating the same
As a former discouraged Salt Lake School Board member who resigned in part
because of the limited ability of schools alone to address a persistent problem
of poverty that literally eliminated the opportunity of low-income children from
receiving a quality education, now more than 20 years later, an attempt to look
at the bigger picture is coming to fruition. Coordination and understanding of
how poverty impacts public education is sorely needed and will hopefully offer
public education a way to do its job with effectiveness. Well worth an attempt.
What kind of legislation would do that, without costing the taxpayers?