Ladder Out of Poverty Task Force
The Ladder Out of Poverty Task force, born out of recommendations from the Legislative Commission to End Poverty, was created to identify specific policies, strategies, and actions to:
- increase opportunities for poor and near-poor families and individuals to acquire assets and create and build wealth;
- expand the utilization of Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) or other culturally specific individual development account programs;
- reduce or eliminate predatory financial practices in Minnesota through regulatory actions, legislative enactments, and the development and deployment of alternative, nonpredatory financial products;
- provide incentives or assistance to private sector financial institutions to offer additional programs and services that provide alternatives to and education about predatory financial products;
- provide financial literacy information to low-income families and individuals at the time the recipient has the ability, opportunity, and motivation to receive, understand, and act on the information provided; and
- identify incentives and mechanisms to increase community engagement in
combating poverty and helping poor and near-poor families and individuals to acquire
assets and create and build wealth.
(b) By June 1, 2012, the task force must provide written recommendations and any draft legislation necessary to implement the recommendations to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions with jurisdiction over commerce and consumer protection.
(M.L. 2010, Chp. 374)