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Tackling Poverty in PA Starts With Understanding Barriers to Prosperity

Originally published at RealClearPennsylvania

It’s hard to save money.

“I have a daughter that goes to after-school care that I have to pay for,” one Pennsylvania mother said. “I have the gas to get to work. I have to pay fees for the turnpike to get to work. There’s just a lot of cost even just to get to work.”

A newly released survey and corresponding study from the Commonwealth Foundation on poverty in Pennsylvania highlights the barriers to prosperity that this mother and other low-income families face. Giving state lawmakers a better understanding of the nature of poverty is a first step toward finding better policy solutions for welfare, childcare, and tax policy.

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