So why not reward those who are making an honest effort to get off unemployment, or food stamps, or welfare. Those who are looking for work, making sure the kids do their homework, and trying to stop the cycle of poverty.
For Arizonans who are actively looking for a job, who are getting their kids to school--let's extend them up to 12 additional months of cash assistance, known as TANF, as a bridge out of poverty and into a better life.
A: I came from a pretty poor family. I grew up in Harlem, in New York City. And my parents were good people, but they struggled with some of the substance and alcohol problems. And we were homeless for a while when I was a kid, when I was 5 or 6--I remember coming home and I remember seeing all of our belongings on the street and a Salvation Army truck picking them up. We got taken to a shelter. And then we moved around a lot, finding places to stay. We ended up living with my grandmother in the Bronx projects, which are rent-subsidized. At one point there were 12 of us living in this little apartment. Something happened with my father; I don't know what it was.
Q: How did those experiences affect your views later in life?
A: I think what it does is it gives me a much broader perspective than the average politician. You know, having walked in those shoes of being hungry and being homeless.
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