White House Middle Class Task Force Update
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Posted by: Oriana Camacho
As spring arrives, we wanted to update you on what the White House Middle Class Task Force has been up to and what is on the horizon. Following the January launch of the Task Force at the White House, Vice President Biden and the Task Force members have been bringing all different types of voices around the table.
After the February 27th meeting in Philadelphia on green jobs with expert panels and presentations, the Middle Class Task Force held a town hall meeting on March 19th in St. Cloud, Minnesota, titled "Road to Recovery: Building a Strong Middle Class Starting with the Recovery Act." The town hall format provided an opportunity to focus on questions, concerns and ideas posed by citizens from in and around St. Cloud on rebuilding the middle class. The St. Cloud Times reported:
"The goal is basic," Biden told a crowd of more than 400 gathered at a town hall forum inside the New Flyer of America bus assembly plant. "Getting the vast majority of people feeling enough confidence to say to their children, ‘Work hard, play by the rules, love your country and look out for others, and there’s nothing you can’t do. I’m absolutely positive we can restore that."
The Recovery Act is primarily focused on providing a foundation for the long-term health of the middle class and providing a structure for the middle class to be a full stakeholder in the economy’s success again.
In just a little over a week, the Middle Class Task Force will reconvene to focus on College Accessibility. As the details are finalized, we hope you will take some time to visit the task force website at www.AStrongMiddleClass.gov, where you’ll not only find remarks and reports from the Philadelphia and St. Cloud meetings, but you can also continue the conversation about strengthening the middle class on the web and share your experiences and ideas about making college more accessible.