By Meghan McCann

Is the American Dream still attainable? Given the data on poverty, income inequality and lower economic mobility, what role do states play in ensuring every American has the opportunity to succeed?

Panelists at the Children and Families program issue forum on the American Dream.The Children and Families Program hosted an issue forum during NCSL’s Legislative Summit in Minneapolis to discuss just that. The forum included a discussion on where the country is 50 years after the war on poverty was first declared and how states can address this complex problem at every life stage and across numerous policy domains.

Economists Aparna Mathur of the American Enterprise Institute and Gregory Acs of the Urban Institute were on hand to lend their expertise and perspective to the issue. In addition to the issue forum, Mathur and Acs participated in a question and answer session available to view on NCSL’s website. Issues discussed included the earned income tax credit, expansion of the child care tax credit, and interventions at each stage of life, from preventing unplanned pregnancies, to school readiness, to apprenticeships during high school and college and job training programs for adults.

States have an enormous role in addressing poverty and ensuring the American Dream is available for generations to come.

Meghan McCann is a policy associate with the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Children and Families Program and covers issues of child welfare, child support and family law.

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