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Ryan Discusses A #BetterWay to Fight Poverty

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September 07, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC Yesterday, Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with WBEL’s Stan Milam about House Republicans’ plan to fight poverty included in A Better Way:

Emphasizing assistance to low-income families:

“We have to work on restructuring our welfare programs so they aren’t trapping people in poverty; so that we are really transitioning people from welfare to work. And that’s going to take a lot more reform, and that’s a big part of our Better Way product. Our whole Better Way strategy for poverty is to always make work pay and to give local poverty fighters—those who are successful on the ground in our communities—more latitude and discretion to fight poverty person to person, eye to eye, soul to soul, and to go with what works. The problem in Washington on fighting poverty is we keep funding the status quo and the status quo isn’t working. We need to measure success based on what is actually working to get people out of poverty.”

Highlighting local poverty fighting efforts like the Joseph Project:

It’s a phenomenal project; it works. It’s helping get people out of poverty. It’s helping people get to jobs where they need it. We have a big skills gap in Wisconsin. We have jobs that are available and people who don’t get the skills to get those good-paying jobs, and we have to close those skills gaps. And the Joseph Project is a big part of that. So go around your communities, [and] you’ll see actual, successful programs. And so our whole philosophy is, let’s not have government work in tension with the charitable sector, the private sector, [and] let’s not have government compete with or displace [them]; let’s get everybody working on the same page, pulling in the same direction. Private sector, charities, government, all should be singing from the same song sheet and pulling in the same direction to fight poverty [by] treating the person’s particular problems and creating the right set of incentives to get people from welfare to work.”


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