Despite the fact that unemployment continues to hit the African American community the hardest and gang violence is taking the lives of young black men on a daily basis in large urban centers like Milwaukee, Congresswoman Gwen Moore says “our poverty programs are working.” In a statement issued following the release of Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to battle poverty, Moore did not clarify as to how the programs are working.
Her statement reads: “Poverty is a serious problem that touches far too many in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and throughout the nation. We must all engage in a serious dialogue and then act to ease the suffering of those we represent. I am pleased that Representative Ryan continues to bring his ideas to the table. I am grateful for his desire to positively address the problems in our prison system and assist low-income Americans through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); although I disagree on how he would fund the EITC expansion.