Welfare

  1. Ultimately, individuals and families are responsible for caring for themselves. The first response of State government should always be not only to encourage personal responsibility, but to create conditions where personal responsibility is easier and preferable to government intervention. This end is best achieved by expanding involvement of private markets while shrinking and eliminating government intervention. 
  2. We set the goal of moving funding of assistance programs from public to private. This can be achieved by establishment of entities such as regional food banks, housing voucher funds, and buying pools for health insurance. Innovative funding methods that do not rely on direct taxation should be investigated and implemented if possible. 
  3. Until such a system is established, for individuals and families needing assistance with basic needs such as food, shelter, and health care, any State assistance should utilize private market solutions wherever possible and devoid of as much government bureacracy as possible. This can be done through direct payments such as food stamps, rent vouchers, and premium support for health plans. Such assistance should be limited and temporary. 
  4.  The State of Wisconsin should end all support for the Federal Healthcare Marketplace and resist wherever possible any expansion of a Federal role in health care. 
  5.  Housing is a purely local issue and local solutions to unique local housing problems should be encouraged. The State of Wisconsin should not impose itself on localities through regulation or funding. 
  6. Conditions of poverty should not be excerbated by opprressive law enforcement driven by revenue generation or the War on Drugs. One of the best ways to fight poverty is to keep families intact and young people educated and employed, not incarcerated. Drug addiction should be treated as a medical, not a law enforcement, issue.