State of California secondary Archives: on Welfare & Poverty
More affordable housing units in new developments
We have experienced a rapid rise in the cost of housing at a time when income for working Americans has hardly budged. Jimmy knows that what was once a need for affordable housing for low income Americans has burgeoned into a crisis for middle-class
Americans who have been priced out of rents and the ability to buy a home in our communities. That's why he is committed to fighting for a greater percentage of affordable housing units in new market-rate development projects and set-asides to fund
non-profit housing that is accessible for working and middle-class Americans. In December, Congress made the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit more generous, helping to finance the construction of more affordable rental housing.
Jimmy's goal is to find ways to keep this federal program going, monitor its success, and push to find other ways the federal government can create a win-win of construction jobs and money to finance low to moderate income housing.
Source: 2016 CA House campaign website JimmyPanettaForCongress.com
Nov 8, 2016
Welfare state isn't in the Constitution
Q: A long time ago, a fellow Texan was horrified to see young kids coming into the classroom hungry. The young student teacher later went on to be Pres. Lyndon Johnson. Providing nutrition at schools for children--is that a role of the federal government
PAUL: Well, I'm sure, when he did that, he did it with local government, and there's no rules against that. That'd be fine. But that doesn't imply that you want to endorse the entire welfare state. No; it isn't authorized in the Constitution for us to
run a welfare state. And it doesn't work. All it's filled up with is mandates. But, yes, if there are poor people in Texas, we have a responsibility--I'd like to see it as voluntary as possible--but under our Constitution, our states have that right--if
they feel the obligation, they have a perfect right to. This whole idea that there's something wrong with people who don't lavish out free stuff from the federal government somehow aren't compassionate enough. I resist those accusations.
Source: 2011 GOP debate in Simi Valley CA at the Reagan Library
Sep 7, 2011