Research has shown that growing up in poverty leads to negative health, social, and economic consequences for children that often continue in adulthood. Compared with other children, children living below the poverty line are less healthy, have lower educational achievement, and are more likely to become involved with the criminal justice system. As adults, they are less likely to attend college or hold a steady job.
In 2006, an estimated 13.3 million U.S. children were living in poverty, and at risk for such lifelong problems. But the individual hardships brought by poverty also exact a staggering financial toll on broader society. One recent estimate has suggested that growing up in poverty costs the United States $500 billion annually in lost potential earnings, involvement with the criminal justice system, and the costs associated with poor health outcomes.1
Poverty is too little money to cover basic and fundamental needs. The solutions must be ones that make it possible for Minnesotans to:
Our Coalition explores policy options that affirm our state’s core values: Work, Opportunity, Fair play, Compassion, and Community. We can build on a legacy of introducing the nation to effective and innovative solutions to end poverty. It's possible. It's time.