California legislators are set to battle against poverty and inequality in the state.

They've put together a legislative caucus to reduce the number of people living in poverty and to increase economic opportunity in California.

Democratic state Senator Mark DeSaulnier will chair the Ending Poverty and Inequality in California Caucus.

"It's just amazing to have this dichotomy in California, where we have the greatest wealth in the world, that people admire and respect us, but on the other hand we have this growing problem with poverty," DeSaulnier said. 

According to statistics, millions of Californians feel the impact of poverty every day. The 2011 census reports that 16.3 percent of Californians live at or below the federal poverty level.