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Published on Apr 2, 2014
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a War on Poverty. The rate of poverty has dropped from 26% when the was was first waged to 16% today, but many argue that the war is far from won. Republican leaders Representative Paul Ryan and Senator Marco Rubio have put forth their own plan to restructure anti-poverty programs. President Obama highlighted income inequality and the minimum wage debate in his 2014 State of the Union Address.
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a panel of economic policy experts and student leaders to discuss the future of the state of poverty in California and the nation. Panelists included Reed Galen, Owner, Jedburghs, LLC, Angelica Solis, Director of Community Development, Youth Policy Institute, Christian Patterson, Member, USC College Democrats, and Giuseppe Robalino, Director of Political Affairs and Strategy, USC College Reublicans.
The event was co-moderated by Kerstyn Olson, Director, USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Burke Gibson, Chief Copy Editor, USC Daily Trojan.