Bill Richardson on Welfare & Poverty
Democratic Governor (NM); Secretary of Commerce-Designee
A: We’ve made enormous progress in all of those areas. Let me talk about child poverty. I followed eight years of a Republican administration that did not invest in health care. What I have done as governor is I’ve insured every child under five. I’ve gotten rid of junk food in schools. We’ve increased immunization rates. As president, I would expand the earned income tax credit. I have cut taxes for the middle class in New Mexico. I have cut taxes for working families. We have significantly improved in the poverty area.
Q: But these rankings are troubling.
A: Well, we’re a poor state, but the fact is that we have been moving forward. We’ve increased spending on education and health care to attack some of those problems.
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