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Mel Carnahan on Welfare & Poverty


Supports welfare-to-work

Mel Carnahan announced today that welfare rolls in Missouri are lower now than they have been in 25 years. Reforming welfare has been a priority for Carnahan since he became governor in 1993. “Declining welfare rolls and increasing work participation rates demonstrate that Missouri is moving people away from welfare dependency and into jobs,” Carnahan said. “Quality child care, health insurance coverage, and training make it possible for former welfare recipients to get, and keep, jobs.”
Source: Press Release, “Welfare Rolls” Sep 23, 1998

Let private organizations deliver social services

Carnahan [supports] welfare-to-work projects administered by charitable organizations throughout the state. “In order for our welfare reform efforts to be successful, we must empower local charitable organizations with the resources to address their local community needs,” Carnahan said. “State government assumes its appropriate role--bringing non-profit organizations together with the private sector, with the end result being the proliferation of projects that help all concerned.”
Source: Press Release, “Welfare to Work” Oct 21, 1997

Support LIHEAP, low-income heating assistance.

Carnahan signed the Midwestern Governors' Conference resolution:

Source: Resolution of Midwestern Governors' Conf. on LIHEAP 00-MGC2 on May 25, 2000

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