Jewish Values in Action
Poverty

by Haya Luftig

The dramatic disparity in wealth distribution across the United States has been a driving force throughout this election season, but income inequality has been increasing for decades with profound consequences for society. Studies show that high social and economic inequalities are a major factor in determining physical and mental health, as well as overall social cohesiveness. Americans are working harder and more efficiently than ever before, yet a growing number of middle- and low-income families face temporary and permanent poverty due to stagnating wages, falling family incomes, and increasing job insecurity.

What policies do you believe can help lift the next generation out of poverty? What role should our state and local governments play in helping reduce inequality in our communities? What federal reforms do you support to reduce income inequality in our country?


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Haya Luftig