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Grace Ross on Welfare & Poverty


Opposes restricting welfare benefits to 5 years

Q: How would you have voted on the Sep 22, 2005 House vote: Restricting welfare benefits to 5 years?

A: NO, we should restrict welfare benefits to 5 years when we succeed in restricting poverty to five years in any person's life. Welfare is overwhelmingly an escape route for most women from domestic violence, often the only one for women with children. Time limits and other welfare stigma have become a huge deterrent to women escaping, has lead to the vast overcrowding of our battered women's shelters - leading to women being unable to being placed even when their lives had already almost been taken from them and the greatly extended shelter stays because welfare which used to be women's primary financial support to leave shelter has become almost unattainable. Welfare payments most be lifted above poverty serving to bump up the minimum wage and other working family needs - and move us in line with international economic human rights standards.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

$220K for homelessness; increase home-ownership options

Q: How would you have voted on the Jul 14, 2005 House vote: Veto override for $220K for homelessness?

A: YES, this was a disgracefully low allocation to being with. Money should be provided for long-term housing solutions - such as rental subsidies, rebuilding of housing to loosen the housing market in general (especially environmentally-friendly renovations), and increased funding for affordable home-ownership options.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

$2M for Mass Rental Voucher Program as first step

Q: How would you have voted on the Nov 3, 2005 House vote: $2 million for Mass Rental Voucher Program?

A: Yes, but this needs to be a first step in a commitment to incremental re-funding of the state housing subsidy program--over time returning it to comparable funding levels to when it was the "Section 707" program. In addition to increased funding, the state should immediately advertise and fill all of the vouchers presently authorized but unused.

Source: Email interview with Jul 6, 2006

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AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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