How to Fight Government-Imposed Inequality (and Win)

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Monday, September 30, 2019
12:00 – 12:30PM EDT

Featuring Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; moderated by Caleb O. Brown, Host, Cato Daily Podcast.



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Silicon Valley. Hollywood and Beverly Hills. LeBron and the Lakers. When most people think of California, these are the images that come to mind. But the reality for many California residents is in stark contrast to the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown: the state has the highest poverty rate in the United States.

Despite having some of the most exhaustive and comprehensive anti-poverty programs in the country, the chasm between the ultra-rich and the poverty-stricken in the Golden State continues to widen.

Could it be that the state’s policies and programs are doing more harm than good in addressing issues of inequality? That’s the question fueling the Cato Institute’s latest endeavor, the Project on Poverty and Inequality in California. Inspired by senior fellow Michael Tanner’s latest book, The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor, the two-year project will critically evaluate California’s efforts to address inequality and poverty to determine whether these policies are truly helping residents move up the economic ladder and out of poverty.

In this Sponsor eBriefing, Michael D. Tanner will dispel many of the popular critiques of and solutions to poverty and inequality offered by people on both the left and the right, challenging the conventional wisdom that underlies much of the contemporary debate over poverty and welfare. Instead, Michael will explain how regressive government regulations contribute to poverty and inequality, offering real solutions for combating these issues at the state level. He will also provide insider updates on the California Project on Poverty and Inequality, highlighting recent successes and next steps.

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