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Child poverty target

Poverty & Family Economics

Macon Telegraph

By Bruce Lesley

Georgia’s persistently high child poverty rate is alarming (“Bibb County ranks near bottom of state for children living in poverty,” July 21), and the local rate of nearly 45 percent even more so. But what’s appalling is that political gridlock obstructs action to reduce devastating child poverty levels.

Today, Democrats and Republicans offer solutions that are non-starters for the other party. With no incentive to compromise, nothing gets done. The United Kingdom faced the same logjam, and broke it. The UK’s “Child Poverty Target” committed the national government to ending child poverty by a date certain, making all political parties accountable. Accountability bred compromise and compromise bred progress. During the effort’s first decade, the UK cut child poverty in half…

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