The annual Oregon Leadership Summit got underway Monday in Portland, with business leaders focusing on ways to reduce poverty.
It's the 11th of the meetings, which bring together business and political leaders.
The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/IMjNy1) that this year, Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes is leading a panel on reducing poverty.
A report being issued at the conference says about 17 percent of Oregonians live in poverty, including about a quarter of children.
The report calls for changing tax policy so that families climbing out of poverty don't see most of their increased income eroded by taxes and the loss of benefits.