Peter Ricketts on Welfare & Poverty
Republican Senate Challenger
$56M of vetoes sustained, to cut budget
In a statement, Gov. Ricketts commended lawmakers for sustaining his $56.5 million worth of vetoes in the two-year budget ending June 30, 2019. But State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha said the votes produced "probably one of the darkest days I've had here."
The defeated motions included one that would have restored $32.5 million for the care of low-income Nebraskans and people with developmental disabilities or mental health problems.
Source: Omaha World Herald on 2018 Nebraska gubernatorial race
, May 18, 2017
People-centric services: hand up to get back on their feet
We need a culture in our state agencies that is people-centric. The people who need our help do not fit neatly into the silos we have created.
We need a system that cares for the entire person, helps them reach their full potential and if possible helps them live a life free of public assistance.
There are people who will continue to need our help. We must serve them effectively and with dignity and respect. When we start getting better outcomes for people, our costs will come down too.
Many people who receive services just need a
hand up to get back on their feet. We have to prevent government from getting in their way. [But we have a] need for a common sense approach in government--one that does not create disincentives for people and families to work.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Nebraska Legislature
, Jan 22, 2015
Focus welfare on states & religious non-profits
Ricketts supports the following principles regarding welfare and poverty.
Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test
, May 2, 2006
- Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.