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Ron Crumpton on Welfare & Poverty

 

 


Fight poverty instead of fighting people in poverty

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Stimulus better than market-led recovery"?

A: Strongly agree. Raise the minimum wage to a living wage & save $7.6B: Stop fighting war on people in poverty: Fight poverty!

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues , Nov 26, 2015

Increase SNAP & unemployment benefits by 25%

If it had not been for food stamps and unemployment benefits, 4.4 million Americans would have fell into poverty during the Great Recession. Of that 4.4 million, 1.6 million would have been children.

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.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com , Jul 23, 2015

Stop fighting war on people in poverty: Fight poverty!

Poverty should be one of the top concerns for any elected leader, it has a negative effect on almost everything we as society entrust our government to do, but it seems that those in the Republican Party find it is more politically viable to fight a war on the people in poverty than it is to fight a war to end poverty in this country.

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.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com , Jul 23, 2015

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