A: Strongly agree. Raise the minimum wage to a living wage & save $7.6B: Stop fighting war on people in poverty: Fight poverty!
We need to increase the benefit of the SNAP program and the unemployment benefit by 25%. The current benefits are just not realistic. With current SNAP benefits, the average beneficiary receives about $5 per day, which is not enough for a healthy diet. The cost of these changes would require an increase in funding of $43.5 billion, but it is something that we must do.
Without these changes, the programs will not be able to meet the needs of the American people. As stated earlier, this does not just benefit the poor, more than 70% of Americans will use these programs at some point in their lives. It is important that when Americans need these programs, these programs meet the needs of Americans.
Study after study shows that states that have a high poverty rate also have lower test scores in education, while having higher rates of drug use and crime. Unfortunately, this is one of the many issues that the Republican Party refuses to address; instead, they support policies that conflict and make the problem worse.
The statistics are sobering. The facts are indisputable. Never-ending cycles of a need for jobs, better job skills and better education, plague our communities. We resolve to reverse the trends that have troubled our state for decades.
We will never see an end to the plague of poverty by offering a deeper dependence on a flawed government system. We will never help our poorest citizens, or our future generations, by casting over them the net of federal government giveaway programs. We can break the cycle of poverty, but not with programs that drag our communities and our people into the downward spiral of dependence.
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