Expert touts local efforts to combat our region's poverty

An expert on poverty cautioned Cincinnati-area political and business leaders Friday that there are no quick fixes to stem the region's high child poverty rate.

But Ron Haskins, a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution, did say local initiatives and a push to provide two years of quality preschool to all toddlers could put Cincinnati well ahead of the curve.

"We're fighting something that has been around for a long time," he said. "We can't just click our fingers and it will all take care of itself."

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