Cory Booker and Jim Clyburn Intro Sweeping Anti-Poverty Bill
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) introduced a sweeping anti-poverty bill to target federal grant dollars to high-poverty urban, rural, and tribal communities. An Act Targeting Resources into Communities in Need expands the 10-20-30 anti-poverty formula, which requires that 10% of funding for certain federal programs go to “persistent poverty” counties, defined as places where 20% of the population has lived under the poverty line for 30 years or more. “For far too long, persistent poverty communities have suffered from neglect and indifference, leading to a lack of access to quality schools, affordable quality health care, and adequate job opportunities," said Clyburn. "This legislation seeks to right this wrong by targeting much needed federal investments to areas that need them the most." Between 2009 and 2017, Clyburn was able to work with Democrats and Republicans to implement the 10-20-30 formula across nearly three dozen federal departments. The revised legislation would expand the formula to even more federal programs and would also require applicable federal programs to invest in census tracts with poverty rates of more than 20%. “While genius is spread equally across zip codes, opportunity is not," said Booker. "This bill more strategically targets federal resources to where they are needed most, ensuring that families and communities long left behind are given a fair shot. In doing so, we can move to a smarter, more responsive government." More here.