State of Nebraska Archives: on Welfare & Poverty


Bob Krist: Voted against $32M budget cuts to the needy

In a statement, Gov. Ricketts commended lawmakers for sustaining his $56.5 million worth of vetoes in the two-year budget ending June 30, 2019. But State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha said the votes produced "probably one of the darkest days I've had here." The defeated motions included one that would have restored $32.5 million for the care of low-income Nebraskans and people with developmental disabilities or mental health problems.
Source: Omaha World Herald on 2018 Nebraska gubernatorial race May 18, 2017

Peter Ricketts: $56M of vetoes sustained, to cut budget

In a statement, Gov. Ricketts commended lawmakers for sustaining his $56.5 million worth of vetoes in the two-year budget ending June 30, 2019. But State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha said the votes produced "probably one of the darkest days I've had here." The defeated motions included one that would have restored $32.5 million for the care of low-income Nebraskans and people with developmental disabilities or mental health problems.
Source: Omaha World Herald on 2018 Nebraska gubernatorial race May 18, 2017

Peter Ricketts: People-centric services: hand up to get back on their feet

We need a culture in our state agencies that is people-centric. The people who need our help do not fit neatly into the silos we have created. We need a system that cares for the entire person, helps them reach their full potential and if possible helps them live a life free of public assistance.

There are people who will continue to need our help. We must serve them effectively and with dignity and respect. When we start getting better outcomes for people, our costs will come down too.

Many people who receive services just need a hand up to get back on their feet. We have to prevent government from getting in their way. [But we have a] need for a common sense approach in government--one that does not create disincentives for people and families to work.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Nebraska Legislature Jan 22, 2015

Ben Sasse: Churches & charities are the lifeblood of society

America is made great by having government establish the legal conditions that enable private citizens to start, build, run, and frequent their own enterprises--not by having government orchestrate life. What does this mean?
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues" Nov 14, 2013

Ben Sasse: Replace entitlements with an opportunity society

Asked why he wants to run for the Senate, Sasse has an answer at the ready that makes him sound almost like a politician. "We need to tell the truth about entitlements and figure out how you create an opportunity society that has citizens, neighbors, communities, businesses building the future , as opposed to the dependency-expansion culture we're living through in Washington right now," he says.

"The greatness of America is the greatness of the American people," he continues, "not the greatness of centralized bureaucracies in Washington, D.C. Why is Washington, D.C., a boomtown when the rest of the country has economic despair? Why are housing prices going up in D.C. when everywhere else in the world they've had a horrible five years? The federal government ain't feeling the pain. They just keep on growing."

Source: The Weekly Standard on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jun 17, 2013

Scott Kleeb: Stop predatory lending; close mortgage loopholes

Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraskaís Brand of Change, p.43-44 Aug 19, 2008

Steven Larrick: Supports federal welfare block grants

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Jon Bruning: Fund welfare via faith-based organizations

Source: Nebraska State 2000 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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