When its welfare spending was heading California towards bankruptcy, Governor Ronald Reagan tapped Robert B. Carleson to find a solution. Together, in 1971, they charted a course of reform that rescued the state. When Reagan became president, their work continued, culminating in the historic 1996 welfare reform. But the job was not finished. There were other welfare programs that needed to be fixed — and they still do.
The Carleson Center for Welfare Reform (CCWR) promotes proven policies and educates about welfare reform, federalism and economic growth.
The Center will:
Guiding the agenda of the Carleson Center are veteran policy advisors to President Ronald Reagan — people who understand the dangers of micro-management — who have the experience and knowledge to help us return to policies that have been proven to work. Specifically, moving federal control of welfare programs to the states, and structuring our tax system to encourage economic growth and personal freedom.
The Carleson Center will originate policy recommendations as well as endorse those of other entities. It will conduct independent, nonpartisan research on reforming a range of domestic spending programs with a focus on welfare and other entitlement policy.
Through concise reports, commentary and proposals, The Carleson Center will offer constructive advice to halt destructive policies and to reform public spending priorities based on the principles of federalism, limited government, responsible tax policy and free markets.
“In honor of her husband, who died in 2006, and to help reignite Reagan’s governing philosophy, Susan Carleson founded the Beltway’s newest policy group, the Carleson Center for Welfare Reform (CCWR).
The center’s website says clearly what its guiding principle will be: ‘What would Reagan do?’
To actualize that standard, Susan Carleson reached out to former members of the Reagan Administration to help spread Ronald Reagan’s message of limited government.
The center’s policy board is like a reconstitution of the Reagan Administration: Edwin Meese III, Kenneth W. Clarkson, Morton C. Blackwell, Linda Chavez, John F. Cogan, T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., William A. Niskanen, John McClaughry, Richard Bender Abell, John A. Svahn, Stephen J. Entin, Lewis K. Uhler and Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, as well as Peter Hannaford from Reagan’s California days.”