Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

The Road before Us: A Statement on the 2016 Presidential Election from the National Center for Children in Poverty

November 9, 2016 (New York, NY) — The following statement can be attributed to Renée Wilson-Simmons, director of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), a leading public policy research center at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

“It’s a new day in America. Now that the results of the 2016 presidential election are in, it’s clear that the work of the National Center for Children in Poverty will be even more important as the nation moves forward in new and uncharted ways. The circumstances and prospects of millions of poor children and their families are depending on our continued commitment to improving their lives and their futures by promoting sound policies and programs that will benefit our nation as a whole.

But first, we must celebrate the progress this election has brought. Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington supported minimum wage increases, helping to ensure that millions of residents will be better able to provide for their families. And Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota passed ballot initiatives to consider proposals to raise the minimum wage. Also, with paid sick days coming to Arizona and Washington, the U.S. will increase to seven the number of states that will provide this most basic protection to its workers -- 12.5 million of them.

Without question, this election has opened a new road when it comes to America’s economic policies and priorities. But one thing remains unchanged: Our mission of working together, across political lines and ideologies, to advance the economic security, healthy development, and well-being of America’s low-income children and their families. The 14.5 million poor kids in this country are depending on us to find a way.”