State of Rhode Island secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Allan Fung: More work/volunteer requirements in welfare benefits

Allan will be proposing stronger work requirements for the˙RI works program, or as many people know it, welfare. Currently, "job searching" counts as meeting the 20-hour a week requirement. Allan will strengthen the requirements so that˙any able-bodied adult, aged 18-59,˙will˙be required to either work,˙be˙enrolled in a job training program, or perform community service at least˙20 hours a week to receive˙welfare˙benefits. Exemptions would be proposed.
Source: 2018 Rhode Island governor Campaign website AllanFung.com Sep 1, 2018

Lincoln Chafee: Yes, government has a role in struggle against poverty

Recently, we marked the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty." While we would all agree that this is a war worth fighting, I don't think any of us could say it's a war we've won. On the contrary, I strongly agree with Pope Francis, Pres. Obama, and other leaders who have expressed alarm at the widening disparity of opportunity in our communities. It se ems as though the battleground in the "War on Poverty" is increasingly the fundamental question of whether the government has a role to play in helping Americans help themselves out of poverty and up into the middle class. To that question, I answer an unequivocal : yes, government can be a force of good in people's lives. Unfortunately, the Tea Party and so-called conservatives have waged a war of their own on beneficial social programs that have proven to grow our essential middle class. Meanwhile our national economy sputters and the wealth disparity grows larger. We in this chamber have the responsibility to address it here in Rhode Island.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Rhode Island legislature Jan 15, 2014

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