State of Utah Archives: on Welfare & Poverty

Chris Peterson: Continue pandemic moratorium on rent to help families

Chris Peterson is worried Gov. Gary Herbert is ending the rent moratorium too soon. "We are not all the way back yet and there are a lot of families and consumers struggling." Peterson is quick to note he's "not saying this should be a permanent thing."

"This is not the time to throw mothers and children into the street," he said, instead "we need to work together give these people a little more time to get caught up on rent."

Source: KUTV CBS-2 on 2020 Utah gubernatorial race May 16, 2020

Spencer Cox: Make sure rural Utah is not forgotten

Gov. Gary Herbert, 71, has said he will not run again. His right-hand man, Cox, said he has seen firsthand the toll it takes to manage one of the nation's fastest growing states with one of the best performing economies.

Still, he said Utah is a state beset with challenges of its own. "We have challenges of transportation, air quality and the cost of housing," he said, stressing he will make sure rural Utah is not forgotten.

When asked what will distinguish him from the rest of the field, he said it is his family's work ethic. "First, no one will outwork us. We (his wife, Abby, too) both grew up on farms. We are still farming and ranching today," he said.

He said he hopes the coming Utah gubernatorial race sets the right tone. "The negativity and the toxicity we see in our elections is starting to infiltrate Utah in a terrible way. We are committed to changing that. We would rather lose the right way than win the wrong way."

Source: Deseret News on 2020 Utah Gubernatorial race May 14, 2019

Danny Drew: All of society should help the least of us meet basic needs

"If you can meet basic needs--not handouts, but basic needs--I really believe that's the way a society should be and I guess that's why I'm an educator," Drew said. "We should be doing everything we can to help all of society. It's about when we help the least of these--a homeless person get a place to stay, a job."

Drew said he has also been bullied as an adult for his political beliefs--people with whom he has attended church have him "immoral" for being a teacher.

Source: Good Men Project on 2018 Utah Senatorial race Jun 21, 2017

Dan Liljenquist: Administer welfare programs at a state level

Dan is running ON entitlement reform, not away from it. Medicaid and other welfare programs should be pushed back to the states. If we are going to have a welfare program at all, it should administered at a state level. Unlike Medicaid, which is a pure entitlement program, Social Security and Medicare are programs that must be reformed while honoring our commitments.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, May 24, 2012

Scott Howell: Direct poverty aid through religious & community groups

Source: Congressional 2000 Utah National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
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Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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