ALICE isn’t an actual person; she’s an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is a growing population of people in Indianapolis and our surrounding counties who are employed (in one or more jobs) but struggle to make ends meet.
If we go to the Statehouse ready to exclude some of our fellow citizens— trading equality for expediency—any victory would be a hollow one that surrenders any claim to real leadership.
What’s clear to us at United Way of Central Indiana is that business as usual is no longer a viable option. That’s why we’re investing in organizations, programs and initiatives that address the deep-seated and increasingly complex causes of poverty.
Education. Work-force development. Quality child care. The war on poverty. Crime. Economics. These are all familiar words and phrases used readily by policymakers, business leaders and child advocates. But rarely have the concepts been more tightly intertwined into good state policy than they were during this session of the General Assembly.
In the early 1970s, employees at Xerox Corp. developed a breakthrough version of the desktop personal computer called the Xerox Alto. The innovation was quickly shelved by the company-everyone knew there was no market for a personal computer! It was later licensed to Steve Jobs along with a few other “orphan technologies” for $1 million in stock in his young company, Apple. The rest, as they say, is history. Xerox is still a solid company, valued at $17 billion. Of…