In Park City, how can someone climb the economic ladder? |

In Park City, how can someone climb the economic ladder?

If someone is in the lower class, how do they move to the middle class?

And what should a person in the middle class do to move to the upper class?

A forum scheduled on Tuesday will address economic mobility. Panelists will include politicians and experts in the field.

The Project for Deeper Understanding, a nonpartisan group that hosts forums centered on public policy, organized the event. It is set to start at 7 p.m. and last two hours at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Silver Springs Drive. It is free and open to the public.

Charles Robinson, the pastor at the church and one of the organizers of the event, said the panel will address topics like the erosion of the middle class and the difficulties of escaping poverty. Wealth has become further concentrated among the "uber wealthy," he said.

"It’s a disturbing trend because it seems to be translating into other people are not keeping up," Robinson said, describing middle class incomes as being flat when adjusted for inflation.

He said he anticipates education will be discussed at the forum, saying there is a correlation between schooling and income.

The scheduled panelists are:

  • Moe Hickey, the president of the Park City Board of Education
  • Derek Monson, the public policy director at the conservative Sutherland Institute
  • Rep. Brian King, a Democratic state legislator whose district includes the Snyderville Basin
  • Hal Snarr, an assistant professor of economics at Westminster College
  • Glenn Wright, the chair of the Summit County Democratic Party
  • Rep Kraig Powell, a Republican state legislator whose district includes Park City

    Alejandra Anderson, described as a minimum-wage worker raising a family, will be asked to tell her story prior to the panel.

    Bob Richer, who has served in elected office in Park City and Summit County, will moderate the discussion. Richer said he will ensure the evening is a "civil, positive, productive discussion."

    Richer wants the panelists to cover topics like the minimum wage, the war on poverty since the 1960s and education, including the soaring costs of college.

    "Education was always seen as the answer to income inequality and disparity, and a way to even the playing field," Richer said.

    For more information about the event, contact Robinson at 901-2131.

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