Springfield commission looks to address poverty

The Springfield City Council has taken the issue of poverty to the national stage with its 35-member “Impacting Poverty Commission.”

Earlier this week, the commission sent a letter to a federal agency asking for more robust oversight of payday lenders, which contribute heavily to poverty. The commission also pegged Medicaid expansion, food access and child obesity as major issues which policymakers on the state and national level need to address.

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris says those areas of interest to the commission are what need to be fixed on a national level through policy changes before people can truly get out of poverty.

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