State of Kansas Archives: on Welfare & Poverty

Patrick Wiesner: Change housing policy to avoid taking on more debt

When bankruptcy is the right option, Patrick represents his customers in Federal Court. His work includes helping home owners. Patrick has seen the problems caused by excessive home loans and government interference in these transactions. He intends to change housing policy to emphasize building net worth in homes rather than taking on more debt.

Patrick is easy to get to know. Within minutes after he first meets his clients, they are comfortable enough with him to talk about mistakes they made and the financial trouble they are in.

Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website, Apr 1, 2016

Sam Brownback: Required work/training improves quality of life

We implemented reforms that said if you have no disabilities and no children at home, you should work or train for work at least 20 hours per week. The results are in and our reforms worked: caseloads are 70% lower today before. Before work requirements, 93% of able-bodied adults on welfare were in poverty. But within a year of leaving welfare, their incomes had more than doubled--an increase of 127% on average.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Kansas legislature Jan 12, 2016

Jim Holt: Separation of church and state cannot be done

Q: Should public official separate their religious beliefs from politics?

A: By the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I try to be the same man on the Senate floor as I am at church. Separate yourself from your beliefs? Iíve never figured out how that can be done. In my view that canít be done if the beliefs are sincere. If they are not sincere, then what else is that politician not sincere about?

Q: What role do your religious beliefs play in your life?

A: I do the best I can to conform every area of my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Does that mean I have arrived? No way, just ask my teenage children. Still, it means that if you elect me you are getting a man (and family) who believes that he is accountable to God for everything he does. There is no thinking that I will get away with anything shady. There is no thought of failing to keep my word. I fear God and I understand that every action I take on Earth has a just recompense in Heaven.

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Questionnaire Aug 12, 2004

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