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Martin O`Malley on Welfare & Poverty

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Move from welfare to work; & raise Earned Income tax credit

As One Maryland, we choose to move forward. Because progress is a choice. Together, here in Maryland:We, of course, are part of a larger national economy. And something is still very wrong. We've lost sight of how our economy works when it is working well. Prosperity doesn't trickle down from the top. It never has.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Maryland legislature , Jan 23, 2014

Anti-poverty programs grow our middle class

Q: Marco Rubio (R-FL) says: "Washington continues to rule over the world of anti-poverty policy making with beltway bureaucrats picking and choosing rigid nationwide programs and forcing America's elected state legislatures to watch from the sidelines." What do you think?

O'MALLEY: One of those so-called rigid programs is feeding hungry children. I don't think that there is anything rigid about a program where you feed hungry children.

Q: But I think his suggestion is we'll give you, Governor, the money that we are sending you anyway for this program and YOU manage it.

O'MALLEY: Actually what he's saying is we'll send you less money because this year we want to cut dollars to feed hungry children. The answers to feeding hungry children is not fewer dollars, it's to do more. It is to raise the minimum wage. It is to increase, not dismantle, the earned income tax credit. These are the things that grow our middle class, not a cynical shell game of cap-and-block-grant and then dismantle.

Source: CNN SOTU 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2014

Finish welfare reform by moving able recipients into jobs.

O`Malley adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Help Working Families Lift Themselves from Poverty
In the 1990s, Americans resolved to end welfare dependency and forge a new social compact on the basis of work and reciprocal responsibility. The results so far are encouraging: The welfare rolls have been cut by more than half since 1992 without the social calamities predicted by defenders of the old welfare entitlement. People are more likely than ever to leave welfare for work, and even those still on welfare are four times more likely to be working. But the job of welfare reform will not be done until we help all who can

work to find and keep jobs -- including absent fathers who must be held responsible for supporting their children.

In the next decade, progressives should embrace an even more ambitious social goal -- helping every working family lift itself from poverty. Our new social compact must reinforce work, responsibility, and family. By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, increasing the supply of affordable child care, reforming tax policies that hurt working families, making sure absent parents live up to their financial obligations, promoting access to home ownership and other wealth-building assets, and refocusing other social policies on the new goal of rewarding work, we can create a new progressive guarantee: No American family with a full-time worker will live in poverty.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC3 on Aug 1, 2000

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