Masters Thesis

A Policy analysis on anti-poverty policies in California

There are over 8 million people who are living in poverty in California. Policy makers have struggled to comprehend why the poverty rate has been increasingly high in recent years and how to reverse this negative cycle. There are current anti-poverty programs in California that have helped keep the poverty rate low and that have offered alleviation to many families. The problem with social safety net programs is that they only offer temporary relief and do not offer any long term assistance or solutions. The purpose of this study is to offer alternatives that can potentially do more to decrease poverty. The alternatives will be measured using effectiveness and feasibility as criteria. The criteria will be used to evaluate the alternatives to determine which selection would be the best possible policy to implement. The goals of this policy analysis are to assess current anti-poverty programs in California, help define poverty, and inform the public of the importance of supporting social safety net programs. The current social safety net programs keep millions of families from hunger and from being homeless. Offering different solutions to alleviate poverty can help to improve the quality of policies and public programs. The alternatives that are offered are: altering the application process to increase participation, increasing the minimum wage, taxing the rich, and creating better jobs. These options can help offer different perspectives for reducing poverty for millions of families. The objective of this study is to determine which alternative would be the most effective and feasible by the public and policy makers and reach the ultimate goal, which would be to reduce the current poverty rate.

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