Painter Poverty Q2
The state government could increase the state EITC. The state should also consider providing a housing voucher to all households that are paying more than 50% of the income as rent to reduce the consequences of poverty. The state should provide more resources to enforce existing anti-discrimination legislation in the labor and housing markets so that all can have better access to jobs.
The state should not ignore the existing structural barriers that have been created tied to racism. There are numerous systems (criminal justice, child welfare, etc) that impact minority populations disproportionately. These structural barriers need to be removed to ensure that opportunity pathways can be activated for all.