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By
Jeanette Mott Oxford

While crime has dropped across the nation and also in Missouri, our state is one of only eight states in which the prison population has been growing. In fact, we rank #3, and we have been in a nip-and-tuck race with Kentucky to take home the coveted (NOT!) prize for most women being incarcerated. How...
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Dear Advocate, On January 16, I heard Gov. Mike Parson’s first State of the State address, and I had a conversation with a fast food restaurant cashier. What they had to say can tell us a lot about the importance of dreams – and of facing reality. Empower Missouri advocates can be encouraged by a...
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January 11, 2019 Dear Advocate, What does it take to pass improved public policy in Missouri, including reforming old laws that were ill-conceived that have been harming the quality of our common life? It is a lot like gardening. We must be persistent in researching what kinds of seeds can work on our particular piece of...
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Dear Justice Advocates, On this day after the election, we address all of our members, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, winners and losers. Some feel the sting of defeat, some feel the heartache of feeling unheard, some are fearful, and some are triumphant. As a member organization, Empower Missouri advocates for ALL Missourians. But especially...
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Important minimum wage campaigns conversations are currently happening in both Kansas City and St. Louis. Community leaders have asked Vision for Children at Risk and Empower Missouri to analyze how increases in the minimum wage would impact on families with low incomes, since many need the help of programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP,...
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Another welfare myth is making the talk show circuit: Cato Institute says MO welfare mom gets $10.96 per hour in benefits. Malarkey! Find the truth here! A report published by the Washington-based Cato Institute claims that a Missouri mom with two very young kids “earns” $10.96 an hour by being on ‘welfare.’ This claim is...
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