Seizing the Moment: State Governments and the New Commitment to Reduce Poverty in America

Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Kristen Michelle Gorzelany; Jodie Levin-Epstein

Research Area: Government; Social conditions

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The three leading presidential candidates are now on record with a public commitment to address poverty and opportunity in the United States. This is in concert with growing state efforts and signals a dramatic turnaround in tackling poverty. In just the last two years, one of every five states has taken action to put poverty on the political agenda. This joint report from CLASP and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity outlines those efforts and provides charts detailing action by policy area.

Supplementary files include an Overview and State-by-State Narratives.