: Building Local Momentum for National Change: The 2014 Half in Ten Poverty and Inequality Indicators Report
The progress on passing policies to cut poverty at the national level remains frustratingly stagnant, but an anti-poverty agenda is building momentum at the local level. That is the focus of this year’s Half in Ten annual poverty and inequality indicators report, which examines 21 different indicators of economic security and opportunity to track the goal of cutting poverty in half in 10 years. In states and municipalities across the country, movements to raise the minimum wage, provide paid sick leave, and universal pre-K have gained steam. Although the national poverty rate fell from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5 percent in 2013—the first statistically significant decrease since 2006—too many low-income Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet even in a growing economy. As the groundwork for the 2016 election cycle begins, this event will bring together local officials, policy experts, and advocates to discuss the findings of this year’s report and identify strategies to leverage these local movements and successes to build a truly national anti-poverty movement.