Questions asked by the audience:

  1. For Jensen Roll: Is there a list of certified restaurants? Where? Is there information at these restaurants about what H.O.P.E. is?
  2. For John Hood: Given that wealth in America has increased from $52 trillion to $72 trillion since the bottom of the recession (with 95% going to the top 1%) when should we expect jobs to start “trickling down”?
  3. Are the resources in Alamance County adequate to change the current level of poverty -- to lower the rate? If not -- what is missing?
  4. What percentage of the population of Alamance County are homeless?
  5. The war on poverty and over policing of the poor seem interrelated, how can this be changed in Alamance County?
  6. Instead of building up the numbers of ever increasing number of dependants at organizations that do nothing more than create more and more dependence on “hand-outs”, how can we actually empower the impoverished? Places like soup kitchens and food pantries like Allied Churches just add numbers to the scrolls and push people, like cattle, through the lines for “one more hand-out”. We need to reduce these numbers, not reach out for more!
  7. For Ms. Ratliff: On average, how many people enter and exit Burlington Housing Authority each month?
  8. What programs are in place for foster children when they age out at 18?
  9. The governor stated tonight that by decreasing unemployment insurance, North Carolina has increased employment. Has that decreased poverty? If not, why not?
  10. Considering the U.S. government has no control or ability to control people’s abilities to find safe, happy partners in marriage -- what does John Hood suggest as a solution to poverty -- no matter whether it has dropped or not. (and dodging the entire issue by saying we don’t know what poverty is, is unacceptable and disingenuous -- especially for this forum).
  11. To what extent is Art Pope involved in the John Locke Foundation? How much money does he contribute?
  12. Why are we having a discussion on poverty without having any impoverished people on the panel?
  13. How would a raise of the minimum wage to $10 or more affect the economy?
  14. How can we develop a model of economic interchange that values each person’s hour of labor equally?
  15. How many elected officials are in the room tonight? Why are there so few?
  16. Those children who are “couch surfing” and double up who don’t consider themselves homeless should not be considered (HUD standards) homeless. Rather, what can our community do to support and bolster kinship and community connections that keep those kids from being in the shelters?
  17. With the rise of single female headed households, what is Alamance County doing to economically empower women?
  18. Corporate profits are high. The “working poor” suffer from slow job creation. What’s the connection?
  19. Given that putting people to work can reduce the rate of poverty, can jobs be created without a robust middle class? I.e., How can a business successfully develop new products and services, thereby creating jobs if so many people cannot afford to buy them?