October 28th, 2009

The brand new Alabama Commission to Reduce Poverty met yesterday afternoon in the State House in Montgomery.  I am honored to serve on the Commission in my capacity as APP’s executive director.

The Commission is a new, permanent commission and was chartered to study and evaluate state-supported programs, policies and services and make recommendations on proposed legislation that serves or affects those who live in poverty. We will also look at the economic impact of poverty on our state as a whole.

One of our first tasks yesterday was to elect officers.  The Commission members elected State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) as chair, myself as vice chair and State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) as secretary.

At our next meeting in January, we will develop a work plan that incorporates opportunities for input from the public, particularly from members of our communities who live below the poverty line.

Most people know I am pretty impatient, so I thought I would start asking for input now.  What do you want the commission to hear?  Why is eradicating poverty important to you?  How does it impact your life? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Also – if you are a member of the faith community and are interested in the serving on the commission as a gubernatorial appointee, you can apply online.

Here’s an article from the Birmingham News with a little more information about the commission and our charter.

Posted by Kristina Scott