State of Delaware Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


David Lamar Williams: Will address issue to provide affordable housing

David is proud to support and push for change throughout the community. This is a very serious issue that has been impacting civilians worldwide. He will address the issue to provide affordable housing for all who are seeking shelter and opportunities to improve their living conditions. Spearheading areas of blight and poverty in all settings. Including homelessness, veteran's services, and the care of the elderly.
Source: 2020 Delaware gubernatorial campaign website Mar 25, 2020

Rob Arlett: Best economic program is the dignity of work and a paycheck

Delaware families want good paying jobs, safe communities and a fair shot at the American dream. ˙Rob understands that the best economic program is the dignity of work and a paycheck. Rob will ensure that the programs of the Departments of Commerce, Labor and Small Business Administration are working to pave the way for Delawareans who want to start or expand a business can. ˙Small business development is the engine for economic vitality not only for Delaware, but for the United States.
Source: 2018 Delaware Senate Campaign website RobArlett.com Sep 1, 2018

Rob Arlett: The best welfare program of all is getting a job

Twitter posting: I believe the best welfare program is a job. #VoteRobArlett
Source: Twitter posting on 2018 Delaware Senate race Aug 27, 2018

Jack Markell: Free college for low-income families; increase minimum wage

First and foremost, unleashing [our] potential requires that Delawareans have the opportunity to work. Thanks to our partnership with the College Board, we are identifying students with the potential to thrive in college, but who would likely not apply, often because of financial concerns. They have received letters encouraging them to apply [to colleges], waiving their application fees, and offering financial support.

I propose a scholarship program so that all low-income Delaware students with college potential can take credit-bearing courses during their senior year of high school.

Matching skilled workers with available jobs is critical. Thanks to our new JobLink capability, it's easier than ever for employers to search our database for employees with the skills they need.

Finally, too many working Delawareans struggle to care for their families and put food on the table. I am glad that the General Assembly is poised to increase the minimum wage.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Delaware legislature Jan 23, 2014

Chris Coons: It's not dependency to rely on food stamps during recession

COONS: I'm not sure I understand what Ms. O'Donnell means when she says this is simply creating a culture of dependency.

O'DONNELL: How would you explain what is happening when unemployment is leveled out, but more and more people are on food stamps? We've got to ask ourselves, what do we want Delawareans to be receiving, food stamps or paychecks? I say paychecks.

COONS: Obviously paychecks. We'd like to have Americans able to receive the benefits they need to get through incredibly difficult times But to simply denounce people as being dependent because they're applying for and receiving food stamps in the worst recession in modern times is frankly slandering people who are in incredibly difficult times.

O'DONNELL: I'm not the person who would cut the tax benefits for disabled and low-income senior citizens, as you did as county executive. You have said that you will stop the tax cuts for the so-called rich. What you fail to realize is the so-called rich are the small business owners.

Source: CNN's Wolf Blitzer moderating 2010 Delaware Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

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2020 Presidential contenders on Welfare & Poverty:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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