State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty

Roy Cooper: Create affordable, available housing for disaster recovery

I urge cooperation as we work to rebuild the thousands of homes, businesses, schools and roads damaged by last year's storms. No solution is as easy or as quick as we want it to be, but I pledge to continue working with NC's Congressional delegation and the NC General Assembly to help residents rebuild in those 50 hard-hit counties.

In just the past couple of months, we've been able to repair and reopen more than 100 roads, and help hundreds of families return home or find other places to live. But nearly 600 households are still in need of permanent housing. We will not forget these families, and must keep working together to help them.

One thing that has become clear during the disaster recovery is the lack of affordable, available housing in eastern NC that has hindered relocation efforts. That's why I am asking you to work with me to restore allowing the use of federal money for housing so we can start to build our way out of this affordable housing shortage.

Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address Mar 13, 2017

Thom Tillis: No government assistance for those who can help themselves

On Hardball last night, Chris Matthews featured a 2011 video of Tillis saying we have to "divide and conquer" those on public assistance, by getting those who really need it--the sick--to turn on and look down at those who "choose to get into a condition that makes them dependent on the government."

The "divide and conquer" line seems relevant. Chris Matthews noted: "The goal here politically is to get the sick people to attack the poor people."

Tillis [responded today that he] regrets using the phrase "divide and conquer" in 2011. "The frustration is that we have people that are abusing the system at the expense of us being able to do more for the people who desperately need the safety net," he said. "My point was to say we need to make it very clear, government exists to help those who cannot help themselves. And those who can need to do everything that they possibly can to let us free up those resources so that we can do better things for those who desperately need it."

Source: Washington Post on 2014 North Carolina Senate race May 6, 2014

Elizabeth Dole: Flexibility in welfare programs via federal block grants

Source: North Carolina Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 25, 2008

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