Tom Steyer on Welfare & Poverty

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO


Think much more ambitiously about poverty and how to end it

Steyer, the sole billionaire on stage, said Americans need to think much more ambitiously about poverty and how to end it. "What we need to do is have a new conception, a new dream of America," Steyer said. "Dream it, and make it happen. Imagine the mountain and then we climb it together."
Source: Washington Post excerpts of 8th Democrat 2020 primary debate , Feb 8, 2020

When you look at inequality, you have to start with housing

Q: Millions of working Americans are finding that housing has become unaffordable, especially in metropolitan areas. What to do?

STEYER: When you look at inequality in the United States, you have to start with housing. Where you put your head at night determines so many things about your life. It determines where your kids go to school, the air you breathe, where you shop. What we've seen in California is, as a result of policy, we have millions too few housing units. And that affects everybody in California. It starts with a homeless crisis, but it also includes skyrocketing rents. We need to apply resources here to make sure that we build literally millions of new units. We are going to change policy and make sure that the localities and municipalities who have worked very hard to make sure that there are no new housing units built in their towns, that they have to change that and we're going to have force it, and then we're going to make sure that those units are affordable.

Source: November Democratic primary debate in Atlanta , Nov 20, 2019

Our affordable housing situation is a crisis

Our affordable housing situation is a crisis and directly lowers the quality of life for working Americans. There are a number of situations that offer opportunities for local communities to create more affordable housing, like underutilized commercial properties, infill developments, more mixed-use buildings, which would make it easier to convert surplus state-owned property to affordable housing and tighten the rules on housing speculators.
Source: USA Today on 2019 Democratic primary , Nov 7, 2019

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

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CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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