Wednesday, April 8
National Audio Conference: Business Leaders Tackle Poverty in Their State: Lessons from Oregon
Businesses play a critical role in creating opportunity through good jobs and economic development. But few business associations take the extra step to promote programs that directly address the root causes of poverty and financial insecurity. Oregon\'s business community is an important exception. During the state\'s 2015 legislative session, the Oregon Business Council (OBC) is advocating for a range of initiatives to fight poverty. OBC\'s policy agenda, which is based on recommendations from its poverty task force, includes expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit; increasing investments in mental health and community-based alternatives to incarceration; expanding the state\'s Individual Development Account program; and redesigning TANF to address the "cliff effect" when participants\' earnings make them ineligible for other needed services.
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity will host a national audio conference from 1-2 p.m. ET to explore OBC\'s efforts to make poverty a priority and its approach to promoting its policy agenda. Panelists include Duncan Wyse, President of the Oregon Business Council; Beverly Stein, Director of Research and Development at the National Policy Consensus Center-Portland State University; Patti Whitney-Wise, Executive Director of Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon; and Dick Withnell, Member of the OBC Poverty Reduction Committee and Owner of Withnell Motor Company.