Task Force Outlines Plan to Cut Childhood Poverty in California by 50 Percent

28 min
at 9:30 AM
Local resident Cataleya Brown enjoys a Thanksgiving meal during the annual “Safeway Feast of Sharing” November 21, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

According to the State Poverty Task Force, one in five children in California lives below the federal poverty line. In a new report, the task force provides a detailed plan for how to end extreme childhood poverty, advocating for increased social services, guaranteed childcare and universal preschool, and a targeted child tax credit. The plan comes out weeks before Governor-elect Gavin Newsom prepares to release his first budget to the state Legislature in January. We'll discuss child poverty in California, the details of the new plan and challenges to its implementation.

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Guests:

Conway Collis, co-chair, State of California Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force; president and CEO, GRACE

David Grusky, professor of sociology and director, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality; researcher on State of California Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force's report

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