State of Minnesota Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Jason Lewis: Supports end of "fair housing rule" promoting affordability

Lewis released the following statement applauding HUD Secretary Ben Carson's announcement to scrap the Obama-era "fair housing" rule. "The Trump Administration's plan to deregulate housing is a great step towards undoing the Obama-era regulations that have burdened the housing industry across the nation. Local officials shouldn't have to get permission from bureaucrats who map census tracts and analyze housing stock for 'affordability' before they can develop their own neighborhoods."
Source: 2020 Minnesota Senate campaign website LewisForMN.com Jul 8, 2020

Jason Lewis: People on government assistance are parasites & scoundrels

Lewis' career as a conservative commentator led to a publishing deal--his book "Power Divided is Power Checked: The Argument for States' Rights" hit shelves in 2011--and frequent guest hosting gigs on Rush Limbaugh's show.

Opinions offered by Lewis during his years on the air surfaced in his previous campaigns. He came under fire for calling people on government assistance "parasites" and "scoundrels" and making demeaning comments about African-Americans. In 2018, CNN unearthed audio of his multiple disparaging comments about women. A Lewis aide said that "it was his job to be provocative" on the radio.

Lewis returned to the airwaves after he lost his seat in Congress in 2018. He now contributes brief commentaries called "Minnesota Moments" on KTLK-AM. On an episode posted Aug. 15, he referred to Smith as the state's "accidental senator" and called her "arguably the most liberal [senator] in the country."

Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune on 2020 Minnesota Senate race Aug 26, 2019

Jeff Johnson: Goal is to have all able bodied welfare recipients working

Candidate Jeff Johnson says if he's elected governor, all able-bodied adults receiving welfare would have to actively seek work, get training or actually be working. Johnson says, "We have a work requirement for certain programs, but not all of them, and there are questions about how well they are actually enforced. It's kind of spotty, depending upon where you are in the state."
Source: KLGR 1490AM on 2018 Minnesota gubernatorial race Jul 30, 2018

Heather Johnson: Regulate but advocate for independent charity

I advocate freedom of choice in government implemented and funded social programs and deregulation of private business and charity in order to boost economic and social community efforts for all citizens. I advocate choice in business, an end to crony monopolies, an end to regulation and limitation of efforts for alternative forms of fuel, organic living, and sustainable housing practices. So long as companies and charities whether privately funded or voluntarily publicly funded, do not infringe upon the natural rights of humans to their lives, liberties, and properties, I recognize that regulation is another form of force and coercion.

I advocate for independent charity and small business and recognize that government's only role within business and charity is to mediate and dispense justice in the event that a crime of fraud, force, or coercion occurs.

Source: 2014 Minnesota Senate campaign website, "Platform" Jul 31, 2014

Al Franken: Pay in full for school lunches instead of partly subsidizing

Congress last month passed a bill that cuts food assistance funding--but Sen. Al Franken is nevertheless trying to extend federal funding for students to receive hot school lunches.

Franken on Monday ate lunch with the kindergartners at Meadow Lake Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, to bring attention to the significance of subsidized lunches. Nearly 8 in 10 students at Meadow Lake come from lower-income families who qualify for free or reduced lunches. "Kids who haven't eaten at lunch don't do as well in school. This is wrong," Franken said.

Under the current rules, children from families with incomes below $30,615 for a family of 4 are eligible for free meals; those with incomes below $43,568 for a family of 4 are eligible for reduced-price meals.

Franken is re-introducing legislation, the Expand School Meals Act, to pay the rest of the cost for those students who only qualify for the reduced-price meals. The senator introduced the legislation in 2009 and 2010, but it went nowhere.

Source: CBS News on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Mike McFadden: Let states decide school lunch payments, not feds

Congress last month passed a bill that cuts food assistance funding--but Sen. Al Franken is nevertheless trying to extend federal funding for students to receive hot school lunches. "Kids who haven't eaten at lunch don't do as well in school. This is wrong," Franken said.

Under the current rules, children from families with incomes below $30,615 for a family of 4 are eligible for free meals; those with incomes below $43,568 for a family of 4 are eligible for reduced-price meals. Franken is re-introducing legislation, the Expand School Meals Act, to pay the rest of the cost for those students who only qualify for the reduced-price meals.

Businessman Mike McFadden said the matter of paying for school lunches should be left to the states to handle. The Minnesota House did, in fact, vote last week to set aside $3.5 million a year to cover the cost of reduced-price lunches.

Source: CBS News on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Mar 18, 2014

Mark Dayton: No 5-year limit on cash benefits

I do not support the current five-year lifetime limit on receipt of cash welfare benefits for low-income families with dependent children.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire Jul 2, 2000

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