Comment Policy

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4 Responses to Comment Policy

  1. Perhaps we wouldn’t have such large welfare costs if we didn’t have such large payments to the recipients. They flock here for the benefits. When you drive around the Twin Cities look at all the out of state license plates –in the winter? In the Southern states they can’t wait to leave. Why is this? Probably because the welfare payments are so low. Maybe our legislature should consider this problem more thoroughly.

    • Christina Wessel says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by “such large welfare costs if we didn’t have such large payments to the recipients.” A family of three recieves $532 a month…not sure how you can even pay for housing on that amount. In fact, the size of the cash grant in Minnesota has not increased since 1986! Also, thanks to the so-called “family cap,” if you have additional children while enrolled on MFIP, your grant will not increase. In reality, MFIP is a program to help children (more than 2/3 of people on MFIP are kids) and help them for a short period of time (half of families are off of welfare and/or working within one year). If you want some more facts, the Affirmative Options Coalition has a useful Myth vs. Reality factsheet (http://www.affirmativeoptions.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=80&Itemid=138).

      Incidentally, when I moved to Minnesota from Wisconsin for graduate school, I kept my WI plates for a time because the registration fee was cheaper there.

  2. Michael Klatt says:

    Dear Ms. Wessel:

    There are many areas that I do not agree with the Governor’s budget. One of my concerns with the cuts are that they are not well thought out in terms of “outcomes” but merely meet a required budget target. However, I do believe that government has to become much, much more transformative in a new knowledge economy. By that I mean that we must see government providing services that reflect the level of revenues that are appropriate. We cannot sustain the level of increases of government expenses at the state or federal level. Raising taxes may provide some relief but the problem is that government does not do a good job cutting and reducing expenses effectively. In our current economy we have seen companies downsize to balance themselves in terms of revenues. Many will never resume the jobs they once had. They have learned much from the recession. Our federal government is a good example of needing to learn from this situation. They have spent dollars like there is no tomorrow. What federal employee or legislator truly understands the sacrifices of ordinary citizens that most of us have felt? Our state needs to clearly understand that their role is not to create government jobs and spending but rather to create the economic environment in which the private sector, both for and non profit, can create economic opportunity and revenue growth that in turn provides resources for good government. Our state and even county and city leaders have the opportunity to clearly create a new direction but it will require the understanding that our priorities may need to be more focused, programs eliminated or completely reformed and yes, government positions eliminated. While I understand that you feel the need for balance in cuts to taxes, we also have a responsibility to show government ways in which they may cut and reform. Our legislators like congress struggle with this issue because they know it might cause their removal. If we don’t like the Governor’s cuts, lets see the the non profit sector partner work with the for profit sector in helping government make tough decisions. If we can’t show them ways in which they may cut effectively it makes the arguement for more taxes hard to swallow for everyone.

  3. Diana says:

    I feel that one of the most important government programs has been put on hold for payments, is the Child Care Assist. Program. I provide Licensed family daycare, and the impact on Minnesota Parents receiving assistance, as well as day care providers, will be catastrophic. Not only will many parents in this program lose their jobs, because they have no childcare, the small family daycare providers, that accept families who receive assist, will lose their income. It’s hard enough breaking even (The average rate for childcare in my county, is $2.16 per child per hour, $21.57 a day, and $107.00 per week). I don’t know of any family that is eliigable for CCAP-Child Care Assistance Program, can pay out of pocket. I have told my parents to bring their children and hopefully something good will happen soon. So, what it boils down to is,I’m working for free, and it’s actually costing me to provide daycare. The kids still need to eat, have activities, use electricity, etc. etc. I told my parents I would stay open as long as I can financially.I hope they get their act together soon. What has happened to our country???

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