Statements about Poverty

Rhode Island spends "52 percent more per capita on human service programs than the national average."

The WIC program "is an incredibly cost effective program, serving nearly 10 million Americans each year and costing less than $100 per person. In my district, more than 18 percent of residents suffer from food insecurity and depend on WIC to make ends meet."

"We are the most generous in New England and New England is known for its generosity toward its welfare recipients."

Welfare programs caused more long-term damage to Detroit than the atomic bomb caused to Hiroshima

"Rhode Island has the highest percentage of uninsured adults of any state in New England."

Rhode Island gives undocumented pregnant women health insurance, plus a cash card "with $400 a month on it" and "$250 a month or $275 a month to spend on food."

"(I) helped to invent a system that saved over a billion dollars on welfare."

For every $1 spent on afterschool programs, "we can save over $5, almost $6, in crime costs down the line."

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