Legislative Commission to End Poverty by 2020

Senate House
Scott Dibble Jim Abeler
Steve Dille Bruce Anderson
Michael Jungbauer Morrie Lanning
Paul Koering Carlos Mariani, Co-Chair
Tony Lourey Frank Moe
John Marty, Co-chair Bud Nornes
Mary Olson Mary Ellen Otremba
Sandra Pappas Nora Slawik
Claire Robling Neva Walker
Governor Appointments
Donna Bauer Michael Hawton


Legislative Commission to End Poverty by 2020 at the MN Legislature's website.
Final Report, January 2009
Executive Summary of Final Report, January 2009


The Commission's Founding Principles

(Minnesota Laws 2006 Chapter 282, art. 2, sec. 27)

(a) There should be a consistent and persistent approach that includes participation of people of faith, nonprofit agencies, government and businesses.
(b) All people should be provided with those things that protect human dignity and make for a healthy life, including adequate food and shelter, meaningful work, safe communities, health care and education.
(c) All people are intended to live well together as a whole community, seeking the common good, avoiding wide disparities between those who have to little to live on and those who have a disproportionate share of the nation's goods.
(d) All people need to work together to overcome poverty, and this work transcends both any particular political theory or party and any particular economic theory or structure.  Overcoming poverty requires the use of private and public resources.
(e) Alliances are needed between the faith community, nonprofit agencies, government, business and others with a commitment to overcoming poverty.
(f) Overcoming poverty involves both acts of direct service to alleviate the outcomes of poverty and advocacy to change those structures that result in people living in poverty.
(g) Government is neither solely responsible for alleviating poverty nor removed from that responsibility.  Government is the vehicle by which people order their lives based on their shared vision.  Society is well served when people bring their values in the public arena.  This convergence around issues of poverty and the common good leads people of varying tradition to call on government to make a critical commitment to overcoming poverty.