It is beyond dispute that economic development can be an effective way to fight poverty. So, too, longstanding anti-poverty programs have been proven to stimulate local economies. Yet, New York State has drawn a sharp demarcation between economic development and poverty reduction efforts, investing exponentially fewer resources into poverty reduction than into economic development, not including poverty reduction as a measureable economic development goal, and demanding much better and quicker returns on its poverty reduction investments.

Read Kate Breslin’s President’s Message here.