Saturday, July 2, 2011

Minnesota Punishes the Poor

The government shutdown in Minnesota is being carried out so that Republicans can save a few thousand millionaires from higher taxes:
The Minnesota government was forced to shut down Friday for the second time in six years after lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement before a midnight Thursday deadline.
Gov. Mark Dayton held a news conference to announce an impasse in budget talks two hours before the deadline.
"This is a night of deep sorrow for me," Dayton said.
The governor, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest 1.9% of Minnesotans, as well as cut spending.
The working poor are going to feel the effects of the shutdown before anyone else. State programs that help with child care costs have been stopped. Once people cannot put their kids in daycare, they cannot go to work. And if they lose their jobs, Minnesota will have to foot the bill for their welfare benefits and any unemployment insurance that has to be paid out.

Does that make any sense? Or should we end all of the programs that help people get to work? How is it good for any state or community to throw people out of work and force them to collect welfare benefits?
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