Christie Todd Whitman on Welfare & Poverty
Former Director of the E.P.A (Pres. Bush Cabinet); Former Republican Governor (NJ)
Supports “Work First” & welfare benefit limits
Welfare Reform - Signed into law the Work First New Jersey program, a welfare reform plan to restore dignity to recipients by encouraging them to find employment. This program limits lifetime welfare benefits to five years, enforces tough work
requirements, cracks down on fraud and deadbeat parents, and requires teen mothers to live under adult supervision. The plan also provides recipients with the programs, such as child care and job training, they need to move from welfare to work.
Source: NJ Governor’s web site, “By the Numbers”
, Dec 25, 2000
Help working poor with earned income tax credit
For those moving from welfare to work, taxes undermine welfare reform. But exempting the working poor from the state income tax doesn’t exempt them from all taxes, especially the federal government’s payroll taxes.
That is why I am proposing the creation of a New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit. This credit, when fully phased in, will pay $823 to every working family earning the minimum wage.
Source: Speech on FY2001 Budget to NJ Legislature
, Jan 24, 2000
Promote energy security with more LIHEAP spending.
Whitman adopted the National Energy Policy Development Group report:
The National Energy Policy seeks to lessen the impact on Americans of energy price volatility and supply uncertainty. Such uncertainty increases as we reduce America ’s dependence on foreign sources of energy. At the same time, however, we recognize that a significant percentage of our resources will come from overseas. Energy security must be a priority of US trade and foreign policy. We must look beyond our borders and restore America ’s credibility with overseas suppliers. In addition, we must build strong relationships with energy-producing nations in our own hemisphere, improving the outlook for trade, investment, and reliable supplies. Energy security also requires preparing our nation for supply emergencies, and assisting low-income Americans who are most vulnerable in times of supply disruption, price spikes, and extreme weather.
To ensure energy security for our nation and its families, our report includes these recommendations:
Source: National Energy Policy report 01-NEPD4 on May 2, 2001
- Dedicate new funds to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program by funneling a portion of oil and gas royalty payments to LIHEAP when oil and natural gas prices exceed a certain amount.
- Double funding for the Department of Energy ’s Weatherization Assistance Program, increasing funding by $1. 4 billion over 10 years.
- Direct the Federal Emergency Management Administration to prepare for potential energy-related emergencies.
- Support a North American Energy Framework to expand and accelerate cross-border energy investment, oil and gas pipelines, and electricity grid connections by streamlining and expediting permitting procedures with Mexico and Canada. Direct federal agencies to expedite necessary permits for a gas pipeline route from Alaska to the lower 48 states.