Public Policy Institute
The Community Advocates Public Policy Institute has clear and simple goals: To explain why so many Milwaukeeans are poor, and to develop and implement a practical strategy to reduce poverty throughout Wisconsin.
July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom."
Speech delivered in Johannesburg, South Aftrica
July 2, 2005
PPI Op-Ed Explains the Four Steps to Dramatically Reduce Poverty in Wisconsin
An op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by PPI's David Riemer and Conor Williams explained the four steps to dramatically reduce poverty in Wisconsin.
It includes: 1) a Senior and Disability Income Tax Credit; 2) a Transitional Jobs Program; 3) a minimum-wage increase; and 4) an Earnings Supplement Reform.
"The Urban Institute found that the policy package would dramatically reduce poverty in Wisconsin between 58% and 82% - to a poverty rate between 3.4% and 1.5%..."
Read the opinion editorial in its entirety here.
PPI Releases "Pathways to Ending Poverty" Report to Public
In Wisconsin, we can no longer say that poverty reduction policies do not work, or that no one yet knows what it takes to greatly reduce poverty. No other proposal to achieve these goals hs been offered, much less confirmed. The "Reducing Poverty in Wisconsin" report by the Urban Institute confirms that a four-part policy package developed by PPI could reduce Wisconsin poverty between 58% and 81%. Conor Williams also discussed the plan on Wisconsin Public Radio. Read more about the Pathways to Ending Poverty Project here.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Endorses Expanding Transitional Jobs Program
In its September 27, 2012, editorial, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed expanding Wisconsin's Transitional Jobs Program: "The transitional jobs program has been successful in Wisconsin on a small scale by providing work to those who have the hardest time finding employment. But to have a real impact on the many who have been unemployed for long periods of time and help address the state's high unemployment and poverty rates, the program should be expanded."
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