2013 Legislature: Testimony in favor of SB 53 — intergenerational welfare reform

Testimony given by Stan Rasmussen Tuesday in support of Sen. Stuart Reid’s Intergenerational Welfare Reform (SB 53, 2013) before the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee:

Thank you, Mr. Vice Chair, and good afternoon, Madam Chair and Representatives. I am Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute director of public affairs. We appreciate Senator Reid’s leadership in this important matter of intergenerational poverty and the need for related welfare reform. As part of our expression of support for this bill, I would like to read a brief statement from William C. Duncan, director of the Sutherland Center for Family & Society. Bill resides in Utah County and was not able personally to be with us this afternoon:

The study on intergenerational poverty commissioned by the Legislature last year demonstrated a substantial challenge with intergenerational poverty in Utah. It is clear that many children are being victimized by the poor choices of others and even by misguided government programs. Sutherland Institute is therefore grateful to Senator Reid for taking the next step by sponsoring legislation to formulate the plans necessary to provide help to children who would otherwise be stuck in a cycle of poverty. We particularly appreciate the inclusion of participants representing civil society — in other words, non-governmental individuals — in the advisory committee this bill creates.

The need to break the cycle of poverty for thousands of Utah’s children calls for our best efforts and we urge you to take a constructive step in that direction by approving this important legislation.

Thank you.