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Rubio wants to turn federal poverty programs over to states



Sen. Marco Rubio this afternoon will outline what his office is hyping as the most substantial policy changes since LBJ's "war on poverty" began 50 years ago today. A look at what Rubio is proposing:

  • Turning federal anti-poverty programs over to the states.

  • Replacing the earned income tax credit with a federal wage enhancement for qualifying low-wage jobs. "This would allow an unemployed individual to take a job that pays, say, $18,000 a year – which on its own is not enough to make ends meet – but then receive a federal enhancement to make the job a more enticing alternative to collecting unemployment insurance," Rubio's office said.

The Florida Republican also rejects calls to increase the minimum wage and theorizes that the war on poverty has been a failure.

“The only solution that will achieve meaningful and lasting results is to provide those who are stuck in low paying jobs the real opportunity to move up to better paying jobs," reads an excerpt of his 2:30 p.m. speech. "And to do this we must focus on policies that help our economy create those jobs and that help people overcome the obstacles between them and better paying work. The War on Poverty accomplished neither of these two things.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 1:15pm]


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