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Bill Richardson on Welfare & Poverty

Democratic Governor (NM); Secretary of Commerce-Designee


Strategy to deal with poverty: unions; living wage; EITC

What we need is a strategy to deal with poverty. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. Increase the minimum wage. Have a living wage in this country. Find ways to expand child care. Find ways also to let Americans join a union. This will not only give them more health care but more accountability and the ability to protect themselves.
Source: 2007 Democratic Primary Debate at Howard University , Jun 28, 2007

New Mexico ranked 48th worst in poverty, but moving forward

Q: New Mexico is ranked 48th in people living below the poverty line. 47th in median family income. 49th in people without health insurance. 46th in violent crime rate. You’re the very bottom of all those statistics of all 50 states, and you’re the governor for 5 years.

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.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series , May 27, 2007

Increase tax deduction for charities

Source: 1996 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1996

Other governors on Welfare & Poverty: Bill Richardson on other issues:
NM Gubernatorial:
Susana Martinez
NM Senatorial:
Tom Udall

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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Page last updated: Nov 21, 2011