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Curbelo Highlights Transportation, Education as Means to Combat Suburban Poverty in South Florida

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Washington, D.C., February 15, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments
"I want to talk to you about suburban poverty. I represent a largely suburban district and you discussed the migration of poverty from the urban cores out into the suburbs, and of course, this is a major concern for me. I think one of the aggravators, or the factors that contribute to this phenomenon is the lack of transportation out in the suburbs."
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Today, Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) highlighted more strategic funding of public transportation and increasing the recognition of career and technical education options as possible ways to combat suburban poverty found in South Florida.
 
Curbelo asked experts if the lack of access to public transportation in the suburbs aggravate circumstances of those in the poverty level (0:40) and how that should factor into transportation infrastructure funding priorities for the Administration (2:08). Curbelo also asked whether the lack of recognition given to career and technical education opportunities was a contributing factor to poverty (3:03).
 
A partial transcript of Curbelo’s questions are available below. A video of the full exchanges are available here, and a broadcast quality video to download is available here.
 


U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo
Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources Hearing
Washington, D.C.                    
February 15, 2017
https://youtu.be/23b55_sussE

 
Representative Carlos Curbelo: “I want to talk to you about suburban poverty. I represent a largely suburban district and you discussed the migration of poverty from the urban cores out into the suburbs, and of course, this is a major concern for me.
 
“I think one of the aggravators, or the factors that contribute to this phenomenon is the lack of transportation out in the suburbs. Most urban cores have fairly sophisticated public transportation grids, but as low-income individuals move from the urban cores out to the suburbs, does that lack of public transportation aggravate their circumstances?
 

 
“We have built this idea in our society that every young person has to go get a four-year degree at a traditional university, like the Ohio State University, like the University of Miami, and in many ways our tax code supports that idea. Do you think that a lack of an acknowledgement of the diverse paths that there are to success, to getting educated, to acquiring the skills needed to obtain a quality job, that the lack of recognition is aggravating poverty in a lot of communities?”
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