Utah shines in bipartisan dialogue on poverty spearheaded by Reps. Love and Cleaver

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release: June 27, 2016

Contact: David Buer
Sutherland Institute
Director of Communications
801-355-1272 (w)
dbuer@sutherlandinstitute.org

*Utah shines in bipartisan dialogue on poverty spearheaded by Reps. Love
and Cleaver*

SALT LAKE CITY—Utah’s effective anti-poverty efforts took center stage
today during a bipartisan gathering of local and national elected officials
and advocates. Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, invited her colleague Rep. Emanuel
Cleaver, D-Missouri, to come to Utah for this critical dialogue and asked
Sutherland Institute president Boyd Matheson to facilitate the discussion
at the South City Campus of Salt Lake Community College.

“Utah, once again, is showing the nation how to tackle tough issues like
poverty,” Matheson said. “The state Legislature’s work on intergenerational
poverty, combined with the private-sector and nonprofit work of groups like
The Other Side Academy, are just two examples of the great team of
advocates working to end poverty and create upward mobility in the state.
These and many other principles and policies can and should be exported
nationwide.”

During this morning’s roundtable, Reps. Love and Cleaver stated their
commitment to showing that when it comes to poverty, they prioritize actual
solutions over party politics. Their message to those in attendance was
simple: This is not a left or right issue; this is an American issue.

Rep. Cleaver shared his belief that a key component of reducing poverty
will be to end the unnecessary duplication of government services and
government agency turf battles, a concept similar to one outlined in a
Sutherland post here
.

The meeting was a first step in discovering and sharing solutions that end
both short-term and intergenerational poverty through a combination of
public and private sector efforts.

Many Utahns deeply involved in helping our neighbors most in need spoke
with the two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Salt
Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Bill Tibbetts (Crossroads Urban Center),
Dave Durocher (The Other Side Academy), Stuart Reid (former state senator),
and Pamela Atkinson (community advocate), among the three dozen in
attendance.

*Sutherland Institute is a Utah-based thought leader and advocate for
empowering principles, elevated dialogue and enlightened public policy.*

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*David Buer | Director of Communications | Sutherland Institute
| 801-355-1272 *

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