State of Alabama Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Robert Bentley: We are poorest state, but government just causes dependency

The poorest county in the USA is located just 73 miles from where we sit tonight. 11,000 of our fellow Alabamians live in Wilcox County where the unemployment rate is chronically in double digits. Everyone in this room knows Alabama is one of the poorest states in America, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty. Nearly 1 million of our fellow Alabamians are dependent on food stamps.

The statistics are sobering. The facts are indisputable. Never-ending cycles of a need for jobs, better job skills and better education, plague our communities. We resolve to reverse the trends that have troubled our state for decades.

We will never see an end to the plague of poverty by offering a deeper dependence on a flawed government system. We will never help our poorest citizens, or our future generations, by casting over them the net of federal government giveaway programs. We can break the cycle of poverty, but not with programs that drag our communities and our people into the downward spiral of dependence.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alabama legislature Jan 14, 2014

Robert Bentley: We are poorest state, but government just causes dependency

The poorest county in the USA is located just 73 miles from where we sit tonight. 11,000 of our fellow Alabamians live in Wilcox County where the unemployment rate is chronically in double digits. Everyone in this room knows Alabama is one of the poorest states in America, where 1 in 4 children live in poverty. Nearly 1 million of our fellow Alabamians are dependent on food stamps.

The statistics are sobering. The facts are indisputable. Never-ending cycles of a need for jobs, better job skills and better education, plague our communities. We resolve to reverse the trends that have troubled our state for decades.

We will never see an end to the plague of poverty by offering a deeper dependence on a flawed government system. We will never help our poorest citizens, or our future generations, by casting over them the net of federal government giveaway programs. We can break the cycle of poverty, but not with programs that drag our communities and our people into the downward spiral of dependence.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alabama legislature Jan 14, 2014

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