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奥巴马宣布首批经济“希望区”促均衡发展

2014-01-13    来源:新华网    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Obama announces first five "promise zones" to tackle poverty

U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday announced five "promise zones" as part of his efforts to focus on income inequality and poverty.

"I will work with anybody who's willing to lay out some concrete ideas to create jobs, help more middle-class families find security in today's economy, and offer new ladders of opportunity for folks to climb into the middle class," said Obama at an event in the White House as he unveiled the first five " promise zones."

The five designated zones are located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. They would be eligible for tax breaks and other forms of federal support.

Obama first announced the "promise zone" initiative in his State of the Union speech last year. Obama said then his administration planned "to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We' ll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, and education, and housing."

The initiative is part of Obama's plan to create a better bargain for the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety, according to the White House. Another 15 zones will be launched in the next three years.

The "promise zone" plan is being put into action 50 years after former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson first declared a "War on Poverty" in 1964.

Obama said Johnson's groundbreaking effort created "new avenues of opportunity for generations of Americans" and made the country better and stronger.

"Today's economic challenges are different, but they still resulted in communities where in recent decades wrenching economic change has made opportunity harder and harder to come by," he said.

相关新闻:美国总统奥巴马9日宣布,在全美划定首批5个经济“希望区”,集合政府和私营部门力量促进当地经济建设和就业,并减少贫富分化。

奥巴马当天在白宫发表讲话说,经济发展应让辛苦工作的人得到成功的公平机会。为让更多人享有机会,政府决定在费城和洛杉矶等地划定5个经济区,联邦和地方政府将和私营部门一起,根据这些地区的实际情况为其经济发展提供政策和资源支持,这5个经济区也各自制定了发展计划。

奥巴马在去年的国情咨文中首次提出这一构想,计划在全美划定20个重点地区,联合政府和私营部门力量,帮助这些地区创造更多就业,扩大教育机会,让更多人住得起房。美国政府将在未来三年划定另外15个经济区。

在美国前总统林登·约翰逊向贫困宣战讲话发表50周年之际,奥巴马说,约翰逊付出的开创性努力为几代美国人带来了新机会,加强了工薪阶层和弱势群体的安全保障网。50年后,美国面临的经济挑战已不同于以往,但经济景况艰难导致一些地区机会难寻的现象依然存在。

建立经济“希望区”是奥巴马政府为缩小贫富差距和促进经济平等而采取的一大举措。新年伊始,奥巴马和国会民主党人主打经济公平牌,把延长失业救济政策和提高最低时薪等作为重点。奥巴马将在月底的国情咨文讲话中进一步阐述相关主张。(新华网)



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