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Recommendations on how to end poverty to be reviewed Monday

WILLMAR -- A set of recommendations for how to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020 will be presented Monday in Willmar. The legislative commission that drafted the 17-page report is looking for citizens' feedback to the recommendations.

Hosted by Heartland Community Action Agency, the meeting will be 1-3 p.m. Monday at the Willmar Public Library.

The Legislative Commission to End Poverty, an official commission of the Minnesota State Legislature, began its work in the summer of 2007 by holding hearings and listening sessions with low-income people throughout the state. One of those sessions was held in Willmar last year.

As the Commission begins to make decisions for its final report, they are looking for public input on the draft recommendations, which includes three basic areas:

- Achieving economic self-sufficiency.

- Building financial and developmental assets.

- Removing barriers and obstacles to rising out of poverty.

The report addresses the need for good education, adequate wages, creating a skilled workforce, saving for future needs, meeting individual and community transportation needs, personal responsibility, eliminating racism and sexism, meeting health needs, improving mental health and chemical dependency treatment, affordable and quality childcare and ensuring welfare policies support families and create incentives for moving off public assistance.

The Commission's draft report can be viewed at: OctFullDraftRecs.pdf, or by contacting Deb Brandt at Heartland at 235-0850, ext. 1124.