Frank Riggs on Welfare & Poverty
Former Republican Representative (CA-1)
Entitlement society encourages dependency on government
I believe in the politics of opportunity: equal opportunity that encourages personal initiative and responsibility, not equal outcomes. I believe the way to break the cycle of poverty is to provide a great education and the "right to rise" for all.
I've seen firsthand the power of education to transform lives and entire communities. And we must encourage marriage and strong families.
Many single parents struggle against heroic odds but the out-of-wedlock birth rate, in Arizona and nationally, is socially and economically unsustainable.
We can't continue to expand government and our entitlement society
which encourages dependency on government and ultimately hinders our ability to provide a societal safety net for the truly needy and desperately poor. Limited, constitutional government is effective government.
Source: 2014 AZ Gubernatorial campaign website RiggsForAZGov.com
, Jul 2, 2014
Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending.
Riggs signed the Contract with America:
[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:
The Personal Responsibility Act:
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA5 on Sep 27, 1994
Discourage illegitimacy and teen pregnancy by prohibiting welfare to minor mothers and denying increased AFDC for additional children while on welfare, cut spending for welfare programs, and enact a tough two-years-and-out provision with work requirements to promote individual responsibility.
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