End Poverty

This page is dedicated to the process titled “Connecting to End Poverty: Moving the Legislative Commission to End Poverty Recommendations Forward in the Legislature.”

Through this collaborative approach, we hope to drive progress toward ending poverty in Minnesota by 2020 by doing the following:

  • Convene organizations and key people
  • Track progress toward ending poverty
  • Inform the Legislature and the general public
  • Plan for implementation of the recommendations

The first convening of organizations and leaders took place on December 5, 2012. At that event the two issues which received the most support to make the greatest impact were (1)Family Economic Security Act (which includes raising the minimum wage, childcare assistance, and tax credits), and (2) the Poverty Impact Statement (or Poverty Impact Projection—PIP).

Cynthia Boyd, from MinnPost, attended the December 5 convening and wrote two articles on issues from the event:

Following the December 5 convening the next steps were the following:

  • Create this dedicated webpage. This site includes background materials on the LCEP recommendations, documents presented by various speakers on Dec 5, bills introduced into the legislature, links to the organizations working on various aspects of the LCEP recommendations, information on how to jointly advocate for the identified issues, sites and dates for the regional convenings, and other pertinent information.
  • Convene regional gatherings. The sites and leading organizations for the regional convenings need to be identified and the planning for those events continued. Several of these convenings are in planning stages.

These principles originated in the document “A Common Foundation: Shared Principles for Work on Overcoming Poverty.” The “Common Foundation” was signed by 35 religious leaders in the state in 2004 and became the impetus for Senator John Hottinger’s bill to create the Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.

Here is the letter from the Executive Committee of the LCEP—Senator John Marty, Representative Carlos Mariani, Representative Morrie Lanning, Senator Claire Robling. The Executive Summary shows the six recommendations that were the result of the LCEP process and were approved unanimously by the commission.

The Family Economic Security Act has been introduced into both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bill numbers are House File 430 and Senate File 399.

A two page explanation of the bill is attached and can be downloaded, followed by the actual bills: HF 430 and SF 399

In summary, here’s what the FES Act does:

-Raises the minimum wage ($9.50 for large employers, $8.25 for small employers, $7.50 for the training wage)

-Fully funds Basic Sliding Fee Child Care and expands eligibility to 300% FPG/76% SMI  

-Enhances the Working Family Credit

-Creates a state version of the Child Tax Credit ($100 per child refundable, phase out begins at 300% FPG and fully phases out at 400% FPG)

The bill’s first stop will be the Early Childhood and Youth Development Committee, which positions these policies in the context of child well-being.