Suggested Readings: Republican Programs That Work

September 21, 2016



Monet reading a newspaper, Piere August Renoir

In case readers wonder if traditional Republican (aka Conservative) ideas are still worth considering, I offer some model programs that have been put into play and are working.  Albuquerque’s Mayor Richard Berry initiated “There’s a Better Way” as a response to increased homelessness.  This program offers homeless people public service work in exchange for a wage, food and shelter.  Participants are able to access city services, including health care, and about 100 have found permanent employment through the program.  Governor Walker of Wisconsin led an overhaul of the state’s  FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program, linking food stamp benefits provided to able-bodied recipients without dependent to working at least 80 hours a month.  It also provides access to job search and job training services.  In the past year, 14, 400 FSET participants have found permanent employment. Of course, Conservatives are strong believers of community-based solutions, such as the Joseph Project.  This career placement program is based out of  the Greater Praise Church of God in Christ in Milwaukie Wisconsin, and is sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson and other community leaders.  At a national level, House Speaker Paul Ryan has offered a comprehensive anti-poverty plan as a core piece of the Republican legislative agenda.


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