Robert Gordon Outlines Principles for Applying American Rescue Funds in Support of Children

Robert Gordon (’99), Senior Advisor to Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, coauthored an opinion for The New York Times presenting organizing principles for state and local governments in directing American Rescue Plan funds to focus on children and promote lasting change (“A Progressive Vision Is Possible if We Spend Money Thoughtfully Now,” Apr. 29). Recommendations included targeting a few big goals, funding initiatives with strong evidence of large long-term returns, allocating one-time funds to one-time solutions, and addressing racial and economic inequity. “The American Rescue Plan has the potential to be the most effective social care package since the 1960s. . . . Now is a moment for a sweeping strategy, not just a shopping list. With wise investments in the next generation, we can prove the value of smart government for generations to come.”