State of Nebraska Archives: on Welfare & Poverty
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
Churches & charities are the lifeblood of society
America is made great by having government establish the legal conditions that enable private citizens to start, build, run, and frequent their own enterprises--not by having government orchestrate life. What does this mean?
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues"
Nov 14, 2013
- Churches, charities,
civil associations--these are the lifeblood of society and the chief protection against the extremes of isolated individualism and all-encompassing statism.
- Government should focus on promoting the conditions in which individuals, families, and local
communities can pursue happiness and thrive, not on creating the communities, guaranteeing happiness, or equalizing outcomes.
- Government does not exist to solve every problem, could not do so if it tried, and often undermines freedom even when it
succeeds--and thus should tread lightly in domestic and economic matters.
- Nothing can match the creativity and responsiveness of the private sector, and products and services do not become more efficient by being more heavily regulated.
Replace entitlements with an opportunity society
Asked why he wants to run for the Senate, Sasse has an answer at the ready that makes him sound almost like a politician. "We need to tell the truth about entitlements and figure out how you create an opportunity society that has citizens, neighbors,
communities, businesses building the future , as opposed to the dependency-expansion culture we're living through in Washington right now," he says.
"The greatness of America is the greatness of the American people," he continues, "not the greatness of centralized bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. Why is Washington, D.C., a boomtown when the rest of the country has economic despair?
Why are housing prices going up in D.C. when everywhere else in the world they've had a horrible five years? The federal government ain't feeling the pain. They just keep on growing."
Source: The Weekly Standard on 2014 Nebraska Senate race
Jun 17, 2013
Stop predatory lending; close mortgage loopholes
Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraskaís Brand of Change, p.43-44
Aug 19, 2008
- Stop predatory lending. While we focus on fixing the current mortgage crisis, Scott Kleeb understands that we must not lose sight of the underlying causes. Dubious loans and unchecked predatory lending practices, particularly in the subprime
mortgage industry, have put Main Street in jeopardy. Scott Kleeb will fight to protect hard-working Americans by supporting legislation that puts an end to predatory lending practices.
- Close mortgage loophole.
Scott Kleeb believes itís wrong to allow unscrupulous practices in the mortgage industry to cause hard-working Americans to lose their homes. We must stop putting corporations ahead of Americans.
Thatís why Scott will work to close the mortgage loophole that denies bankruptcy courts from modifying mortgage payments.
Supports federal welfare block grants
Larrick supports the following principles regarding Welfare and Poverty Issues:
Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test
Jun 25, 2008
- Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
Fund welfare via faith-based organizations
Bruning supports the following principles regarding welfare.
Source: Nebraska State 2000 National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2000
- Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
- Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and
community-based private organizations.
- Use federal TANF funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
- Allow mothers to receive welfare for up to twelve months while staying home with newborns.
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