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Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020
Function: Tasked with preparing recommendations on how to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020.
Report will be due to the legislature December 15, 2008.
Active dates:December 31, 2008
The last time Minnesota made a comprehensive attempt to tackle poverty was in 1986-87 when Governor Perpich established a Governor's Commission on Poverty. The Commission was charged with developing short-term recommendations and long-term strategies to eliminate poverty in Minnesota by the year 2000. The Commission's work and final report (published in April, 1987) gave momentum to several policy initiatives including wage subsidies, increased minimum wage, sliding fee health insurance, refundable tax credits for earned income, sliding fee child care assistance, and state supplemental funding for Head Start and WIC. Inside the report are the seeds for the Minnesota Family Investment Plan, Minnesota's early efforts to reform welfare emphasizing personal responsibility and anti-poverty work incentives.
Includes nine members of the senate appointed by the Subcommittee on Committees of the Committee on Rules and Administration, including four members of the minority, and nine members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker, including four members of the minority. Appointments must be made by members elected to the 85th session of the legislature and no later than February 15, 2007. The governor may appoint two nonvoting members to sit with the commission.
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