Group hopes to cut poverty in half in decade

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A group created by the Legislature is hoping to begin a decade-long process that will cut in half the child poverty level in the state.

Democratic Senator Doug Racine says the Vermont Child Poverty Council is charged with looking at the causes of child poverty, the nature of poverty in Vermont and develop a solution.

The group is planning a series of meetings across the state over the next few weeks.

The first meeting is scheduled for Monday in Bennington.

So far the council has already heard from low income advocates.

Racine says themes have emerged such as the high cost of housing, the escalating cost of living and stagnant wages.

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