State of Wyoming Archives: on Welfare & Poverty
Minimum wage increase will help lift people out of poverty
Q: How would you help Americans save so they can secure their future?
A: Hardy is a strong proponent of raising the minimum wage. He did not give a specific figure, but he believes raising the minimum wage will help lift people out of poverty.
He is not concerned that raising the minimum wage will cause product prices to increase or jobs to be lost, since no one has ever proven that has happened in the past. If people are making more money, increased product prices will not matter.
Source: AARP Voter Guide on 2014 Wyoming Senate race
Aug 31, 2014
30,000 children in Wyoming won't eat three meals today
His motive to run, he said, is the estimated 30,000 children in Wyoming who will not eat three meals today as well as the men and women who will work all week and not make enough money to take care of their families' basic
needs. "I have spent my life listening to and being with people to whom the politicians haven't been listening," Hardy said. "I don't plan to stop now."
He called for increases in the minimum wage and job creation. Raising the minimum wage will pump more money into the economy and will reduce people's need to rely on food stamps and welfare, he said.
Improving the nation's decaying infrastructure also
will create jobs, he said. "I have spent my life listening to and being with people to whom the politicians haven't been listening," Hardy said. "I don't plan to stop now."
Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Wyoming Senate race
Feb 4, 2014
Training, transport, & subsidies for welfare recipients
Chestnut indicated support of the following principles regarding Welfare & Poverty:
Source: Wyoming 2004 Congressional National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2004
- Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
Work First: move families to self-sufficiency
I support the “Work First” initiative for Wyoming’s workforce through the realignment of related programs into a new Department of Workforce Services. [I support] the Wyoming Work First Steering Committee and the creation of a department
that will consolidate training, employment, TANF, and food stamp programs within a single welfare and workforce entity. The focus of this new department will be moving families to self-sufficiency.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Wyoming Legislature
Jan 10, 2001