Why America needs a new welfare reform movement

Written by Defending Ideas

November 7, 2023

Roughly 37.9 million Americans live in poverty according to the United States Census Bureau’s official poverty measure. By any assessment, that’s far too many Americans struggling to get by. 

So a coalition of state-level policy think tanks called the Alliance for Opportunity is working to bring that number down, starting with the goal of leading 1 million Americans out of poverty in ten years. 

Alliance for Opportunity Executive Director Rachel Barkley and Senior Fellow Les Ford join Nic Dunn on this episode to profile the work of the coalition, and make the argument for a new national movement of welfare reform to improve social safety net programs.  

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