Ashland University forum explores ideas on financial equality

The event will be hosted by the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University on March 15.

Ashland University will host a public forum next month to delve into the question, “Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity?” 

The event will be hosted by the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting room in the Ashland Public Library.

The public is welcome to attend the free forum and participate in discussions on the three methods. Create New Opportunities will touch on entrepreneurship, start-up loans and mentoring services; Strengthen the Safety Net, will offer ideas such as extending unemployment benefits and expanding government-based assistance; and Reduce Inequality will delve into increasing the minimum wage, restructuring school funding and taxing the most financially well-off.

“We will deliberate each option for an equal time, ending with Actions We Agree On,” Dr. Louise Fleming-Dufala, director of the Center for Civic Life, said. “The results of this forum will be sent to National Issues Forums to become part of a May 5 conversation with elected officials and key policymakers in Washington, D.C. Legislators seldom hear what citizens really think. Please come and let us share your ideas with them.”

Issue guides will be dispersed to the first 20 participants of the event, with advanced copies of the guide in a .pdf format available through email requests at lfleming@ashland.edu. Copies can also be found at the Ashland Public Library reference desk.

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