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Anthony March for Congress
Anthony March for CongressNov 23, 2017 @ 11:03am
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday!
Anthony March for Congress
Anthony March for CongressNov 22, 2017 @ 7:52pm
Here is this week's newsletter.
http://mailchi.mp/0ab33cd11ac4/taxes
Anthony March for Congress
Anthony March for CongressNov 21, 2017 @ 10:03pm
I'm glad to have made it to the Richland County Democrats meeting. It was great to be able to meet everyone there and thank you to everyone who signed my petitions!
Anthony March for Congress
Anthony March for CongressNov 21, 2017 @ 10:33am
I recently finished listening to a podcast talking about TANF or cash welfare. A couple of things I took away from this about things that we need to improve to support those living in poverty. First, since welfare reform in 1996 the amount of cash assistance we give to those living in poverty has declined fairly drastically. In 1996, 68% of families nationally and 83% in Illinois in poverty received cash assistance. Today it is only 23% nationally and 17% in Illinois. Second, the emphasis on work requirements misses the importance of education and training in moving people out of poverty. Also, very little is actually spent on work related programs. Only 7% nationally and 2% in Illinois is spent on work programs. Third, the transformation of cash welfare into a block grant to the state has basically turned it into a slush fund for state budgets. There are many states that have programs funded by TANF dollars that are extremely tangentially related to supporting families in poverty. This is something we need to keep in mind when we hear Paul Ryan say he wants to turn Medicaid and other programs into block grants. This has been used by a lot of states to restrict access to these programs while using that money to support their own budgets. We need to make sure that we are giving Americans in poverty the support they need to get out of poverty. We need to support programs for Americans in poverty to learn skills that they can use to get a good paying job and be able to stay employed. We need to expand access to job training programs and access to cash to support family budgets. This can help break the cycle of poverty that many American families are trapped in. To see more data on how TANF money is spent go to the website linked here.

https://features.marketplace.org/yourstateonwelfare/
Anthony March for Congress
Anthony March for CongressNov 20, 2017 @ 8:39pm
It was great making it to the Jasper County Democrats meeting. It was a lot of fun to meet everyone there!
Anthony March for Congress
Anthony March for CongressNov 20, 2017 @ 2:47pm
I will be at the Jasper County Democrats meeting tonight (11/20) at 6 PM in Newton and at the Richland County Democrats meeting tomorrow (11/21) at 6 PM in Olney. Come out to meet me and sign my petition if you haven't! I look forward to meeting you!