Out of Poverty” Initiative
April 29, 2014
– The House Republican Policy Committee today released a report entitled
“Beyond Poverty” as part of its statewide initiative, “Empowering
Opportunities: Gateways Out of Poverty.” Members of the committee include state
Reps. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) and Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield).
is often regarded as a big city problem,” Gabler said. “Folks in Clearfield and
Elk counties would strongly disagree. Making that mistake is one of the reasons
we have been stuck for so long simply talking about the problem and not
actively seeking solutions.”
report listed specific targets the committee will focus on and attempt to
produce specific legislative proposals to address.
will be looking at programs that may have been successful but discontinued due
to lack of significant participation,” Sankey said. “In many cases, it’s as
relatively simple as empowering someone with basic life skills, such as
handling their finances, or helping them acquire access to basic needs, such as
access to food, water and clothing.
people need to experience the pride that comes with ‘learning to fish’ as
opposed to the expectation of being handed a ‘fish’.”
this report allows lawmakers to address the shortcomings of programs that no
longer work, and provides a blueprint for new initiatives designed to lift
people from the cycle of financial distress.
can we start making a real difference in peoples’ lives? Let’s start talking about financial literacy. Let’s start talking about benefit programs
that just don’t work. One of the things
that this report focuses on is the need to constantly review programs. “Gabler
said. “What worked in 1964 doesn’t necessarily work in 2014, but if you
continually look and see what’s working and revise things as times change, you
can get better results. And that’s going
to result in a true restoration of the ‘American Dream’ for many people. It’s a great thing and I’m glad to be part of