Proposing Solutions to Combat Poverty in the U.S

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Fighting a growing problem Whether if it’s millions of homeless people, or countless underpaid hard workers, poverty is a major issue in the United States. We cannot propose to solve any issues, without the discussion on poverty and how important it is to find solutions to this dilemma. Poverty is the source for many problems the U.S. face, and ignoring it, is only making it worse. My proposal to solving this growing problem is to increase minimum wage, improve government funding and work support programs, and lower the cost of tuition to colleges and universities. The obvious solution to fighting poverty is to get a job. But, the problem still occurs when the wages for jobs are so low. No matter if you have your doctorate, or your G.E.D., …show more content…

In short, policymakers should feel confident that raising the minimum wage would not hurt employment. Instead, it would provide the kind of boost in consumer demand that our economy sorely needs (Lester).
By raising minimum wage it will in fact save the government money. With people earning more, they can provide more. It may help people get off food stamps, a supplemental nutrition assistance program because they now can afford food. In fact, children would be more financially secure due to the increase in their parent’s income. Raising the wage of Americans should be the first step into the fight to eliminate poverty. It will allow people to be paid the amount they deserve, help many low income families surpass the poverty line, and allow them to be more financially stabled. By improving government funding and work support programs, it can help reduce poverty by saving family money in different costly areas. According to Tami Luh a journalist for …show more content…

College is in fact supposed to help end poverty by furthering student’s education, so they can be exposed to better opportunities, such as obtaining a well-paid job. How do we expect people to further their education if they can’t afford it? According to Justin Brown, the Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Missouri U.S., “The reality of college costs is that many families find themselves struggling to pay the entire college bill, despite having already filed the FAFSA and receiving federal, state, and institutional financial aid resources” (Brown). Resulting from the GOP resolution back in 2012, financial aid especially grants have been cut by a significant amount (Tampa Bay Times). Practically forcing students to seek out loans, which may handle the problem for now, but in the long run puts them in more of a financial hole. Even after graduating and securing a job, a percentage of your checks are subtracted out to pay back your student loans. It’s almost unethical in a way, you pay to go college in efforts to attain a career to make more money, then if you graduate or not you pay money plus interest back. President Obama states, “The federal government must make the student loan repayment system more user-friendly by redesigning its communications with students” (Making College More Affordable). If you have to pull out a loan, it is responsible on your part

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