Senator Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, has sponsored legislation that would require the Department of Workforce Services to gather existing data on people who have fallen into a condition one might describe as chronic poverty. They are people who rely on public assistance, as did their parents and possibly their grandparents, following a generational pattern.
Existing data shows roughly a third of all people who accept government assistance fall into this group. The other two-thirds are victims of situational poverty, brought on by a job loss, a medical problem or other factors. Deseret News