February 20, 2018 05:00 AM
Donald Trump kicked off the past week by unveiling a budget that slashed spending for some of the country’s major anti-poverty programs.
Days later, he hosted a big White House event to promote a program that its sponsor, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., touted as the most consequential policy that we’ve seen in more than a decade in helping the poor that doesn’t already exist.
Brett Theodos of the Urban Institute, a Washington-based research group, saw a lot of unknowns.
But Theodos warned that the open-ended nature of the program, and its lack of any requirement for input from community leaders beneath governors, could result in opportunity zones being designated in places where longtime residents could be hurt.
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