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Missourians rally at the Capitol to raise awareness about poverty.

Date: April 12, 2012
By: Paige Hornor
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1238

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Hundreds of Missourians gathered at the Capitol Thursday to end poverty.
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Description: "What do we want to do with poverty? END IT! When do we want to do that? NOW!"

That's what members of Missourians to End Poverty are asking of their legislators.

They want to reduce poverty by improving health care, education, job creation and workers rights.

Elaine West is the executive director of Missourians for Community Action. She says poverty is a major problem.

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Description: "It's more than not just having money. It's what it does to their hope for their future. It's what it does to the hope for their children."

Members signed petitions to raise the minimum wage and cap payday loans.

The attorney general's office says it will appeal Cole County circuit judge's decision to strike down a similar payday loan petition.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

 

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Missourians to End Poverty rallied at the Capitol Thursday to advocate for the poor.
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Wrap: Hundreds of Missourians and members of more than 25 organizations are asking legislators to end poverty.

They want to see improvements in health care, workers rights, education and job creation.

Pearl Burke is a grandmother from St. Louis living on social security, while caring for her three grandchildren.

She says she can't get enough food stamps.

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Description: "But they tell me with my income, which doesn't go very far, I'm not eligible."

Missourians to End Poverty say they would like to see the Senate restore funding to child care subsidies.

They are also encouraging people to sign two initiative petitions for minimum wage and payday loans.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.

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Hundreds of Missourians rallied at the Capitol Thursday to ask legislatures to help the poor.
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Wrap: Missourians to End Poverty is a statewide organization that advocates for the poor.

They are asking legislators to increase the minimum wage, cap payday loans, and improve health care.

Bobbie Sykes works at Midtown Catholic Charities in St. Louis. She says she would like to see the Food Equity Bill passed.

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Description: "The women have done their time. They should be able to get food stamps for their families because they deserve a second chance and we shouldn't be judging people."

The Food Equity bill would ensure that Missouri receive more Food Stamp dollars from the federal budget and allow food stamp eligibility for people with drug related convictions. The bill currently awaits House approval.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Paige Hornor.


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