State of New Jersey secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Phil Murphy: More affordable housing; more Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit encourages and rewards work by providing a tax credit to working and middle class families. Because the EITC puts money in the pockets of people who spend it immediately and locally, every dollar that we spend on the EITC creates $1.50 to $2 in economic activity. NJ currently provides an EITC at 30 percent of the federal award level. Phil Murphy would raise the state EITC to 40 percent of the federal reward level, which would create almost $180 million in new economic activity. It would also make our tax code fairer across all income levels.

NJ has among the most expensive housing in the nation. For 15 years, the courts have been misused to effectively stop the development of new affordable housing. Gov. Christie has cut much needed aid to seniors and low- and middle-income NJ residents struggling with the nation's highest property taxes. We must support the development of new, affordable housing while adhering to a smart, sustainable growth model.

Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial website, Murphy4NJ.com Sep 19, 2016

Chris Christie: Food stamps recipients must be in job training programs

Leaders hailed the opening of a new program designed to help impoverished people get jobs or training so they can remain qualified for food stamps. The pilot program uses private donations to fund jobs & job training to people receiving benefits from the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly "food stamps").

Under federal requirements, recipients must have a job or be in a training program to be eligible for the benefit. New Jersey had waived that requirement because of the weak economy, but last year Gov. Chris Christie's administration refused to extend that waiver. Elected officials gathered to kick off the SNAP Employment and Demonstration Project, the result of legislation sponsored by state senator Ray Lesniak.

Lesniak said, "It matches private sector money to federal money--at no costs to the state--in funding job training for SNAP recipients." Lesniak said 11,000 people statewide would lose their food stamps unless they get jobs or are in training programs.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race Mar 10, 2016

Ray Lesniak: Private donations for job training for SNAP recipients

Leaders hailed the opening of a new program designed to help impoverished people get jobs or training so they can remain qualified for food stamps. The pilot program uses private donations to fund jobs & job training to people receiving benefits from the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP (formerly "food stamps").

Under federal requirements, recipients must have a job or be in a training program to be eligible for the benefit. New Jersey had waived that requirement because of the weak economy, but last year Gov. Chris Christie's administration refused to extend that waiver. Elected officials gathered to kick off the SNAP Employment and Demonstration Project, the result of legislation sponsored by state senator Ray Lesniak.

Lesniak said, "It matches private sector money to federal money--at no costs to the state--in funding job training for SNAP recipients." Lesniak said 11,000 people statewide would lose their food stamps unless they get jobs or are in training programs.

Source: Newark Star-Ledger on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race Mar 10, 2016

Donny DiFrancesco: Fund welfare-to-work & exempt religious charities

Source: New Jersey congressional voting records Dec 25, 2000

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