About the Rise Together Blueprint
The most basic purpose and responsibility of any government is to create the conditions necessary for its residents to thrive. Given equal opportunity, an individual’s success in life should be determined by her work ethic and the strength of her ideas, but we know that opportunity isn’t equal. Many of our residents are struggling financially for reasons that have nothing to do with how clever they are or how hard they’re willing to work.
The unemployment rate in Franklin County is under 4 percent, but the poverty rate is 16 percent. Clearly, people are working but just can’t get ahead, and immigrants, women, and people of color are disproportionately affected. Nearly a quarter of Central Ohio’s children are living in poverty. This is unacceptable in our community.