Poverty

Poverty-fighting ministries in eastern Kentucky?

Poverty
by Jamie Dean
Posted 7/28/14, 02:12 pm

The suggestion box is open for an upcoming story I’m working on regarding poverty in Appalachia.

Here’s the background: In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty” after visiting impoverished regions of Appalachia, particularly eastern Kentucky. (Massive federal programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and free school lunches followed.)

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Paul Ryan: Help people help themselves

Poverty
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 7/24/14, 04:10 pm

WASHINGTON—Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., revealed his new proposal for poverty reform Thursday: Let local charities help the poor first, with government providing resources and backup.

Ryan announced his “Expanding Opportunity in America” proposal in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. While the 73-page document doesn’t put forward any legislation yet, Ryan means it to serve as a basis for future laws and discussion.

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The never-ending war on poverty

Poverty
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 7/11/14, 10:00 am

WASHINGTON—President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared a “war on poverty” in January 1964. Fifty years later, Congress is still debating how to fight it.

House Republicans proposed reforms for welfare programs but shied away from Democrats’ calls to spend more money during a Wednesday hearing of the budget committee.

Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., asked three panelists to share stories of how personal caseworkers help people escape poverty and how welfare programs can encourage dependency.

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