Insufficient assistance to low-income disadvantaged groups

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Problem Components
Policy issue area: Society
Policy issue: Poverty
Description: Full economic opportunity and social equality of low-income groups continues to remain unfulfilled, causing a huge deficit to the nation's human capital.
Symptoms: High unemployment rates, especially for teenagers; much under-employment; growing, instead of declining poverty rate; millions of families are headed by women; millions of high school dropouts result in unskilled, low wage jobs.
Causes: Regressive administration policies; insufficient or inadequate government programs to remedy problems; continued racial, economic and social discrimination; welfare dependency.
Cost of problem: -
Solution Components
Resources: Federal, state and local governments; business and industry; concerned organizations.
Goal: 1. Equalize economic opportunities and conditions for low income Americans
2. Strengthen and enforce civil rights legislation.
Program area: Community development
Program-remedy: 1. Educational assistance programs linked with jobs to reduce high school dropout rates
2. Universal Employment and Training Program and a National Service for jobless youth, to guarantee the unemployed productive work and skills training, while rebuilding the nation's transportation and urban infrastructure
3. Jobs creation programs, to make available employment opportunities in private industry to the long-term unemployed
4. An improved welfare/workfare system, to ensure that families would be brought at least to the poverty level, to include both basic needs and social services (including job training, health and child care, and transportation services)
5. Additional funding to anti-discrimination enforcement agencies within the Federal government.
Program-prevent: 1. National policy for economic development and sustained growth
2. Program of vocational, educational and health related initiatives to deal with teen-age pregnancies, and support family formation
3. Educational system that provides literacy, technical and social skills needed for employment.
Cost of program: -
Beneficiaries: Underprivileged, low income Americans and their communities; business and industry; taxpayers.

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