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Set a target for child poverty

Poverty & Family Economics

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Bruce Lesley

One-fifth of children in America — and nearly half of Milwaukee kids — live in poverty mainly because of one thing: politics. It doesn’t have to be that way. How do we know? Because we’ve seen the solution, just an ocean away.

Child poverty is a lifelong burden. A child who grows up in poverty will not perform as well as her classmates in school. She will be more likely to struggle with hunger and less likely to get the health care she needs. She will be more vulnerable to homelessness and less secure against abuse and neglect. She will be more likely to drop out of school and less likely to earn enough as an adult to lift her own family out of poverty…

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