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Minnesota Shutdown Hits Poor; Aid Groups Scramble (Here comes the sob stories and "blame the GOP")
npr ^ | 7/1/2011 | staff

Posted on 07/01/2011 3:29:52 PM PDT by tobyhill

In Minnesota Friday, highway construction came to a halt, rest stops and state parks closed. And 22,000 state workers have been laid off. The reason: a protracted budget dispute between the state's Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature.

In the absence of talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, the shutdown was rippling into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.

Until the government closure, Mills had been focused on recovering from a May 22 tornado that displaced her from a rented home in Minneapolis. Now she's adding a new problem to her list.

"It just starts to have a snowball effect. It's like you are still in the wind of the tornado," said Mills, who works at a temp agency and was allowed to take time off as she gets back on her feet. But after the shutdown, she also has to care for her six youngest children, ages 3 through 14, because she lost state funding for their day-care and other programs.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; mn; shutdown; taxes
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1 posted on 07/01/2011 3:29:54 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Minnesota’s poor will just have to move to Illinois. How tragic.


2 posted on 07/01/2011 3:31:18 PM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: tobyhill

this story makes me feel like sobbing...3600 a month, wow


3 posted on 07/01/2011 3:33:08 PM PDT by abovethefray
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To: tobyhill
Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.

Words fail me...

4 posted on 07/01/2011 3:33:15 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: tobyhill

...how come Dumbo ain’t there saying those RICH public officials are taking your money?


5 posted on 07/01/2011 3:33:30 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MeganC

One of the risks in accepting public aid is that it can be cut off without warning.


6 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: tobyhill

Poor woman, if she’d just aborted more of her offspring
she’d be doing ok.


7 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:30 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MeganC
“Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.”

This example of the poor is also the example of why they are broke.

8 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:30 PM PDT by tobyhill (Real Spending Cuts Don't Require Increasing The Debt)
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To: bcsco

I don’t make that myself, I think I need more kids.

$3600 a month in child care subsidies, does she do anything in the vertical position?


9 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:34 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: tobyhill

One person could have single handedly averted this, and that person is... the Governor.


10 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:55 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: MeganC
Minnesota’s poor will just have to move to Illinois. How tragic.

We don't want them. This damned state is broke as well. Only we don't have a Republican majority to make even a little sense out of things.

11 posted on 07/01/2011 3:35:06 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: tobyhill

A temp, with six youngest children, WTF.


12 posted on 07/01/2011 3:35:12 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: tobyhill

Day one of the MN government shutdown has ended. It was just like yesterday. Except a little hotter out side. What happens if MN government shuts down and no one notices.


13 posted on 07/01/2011 3:35:28 PM PDT by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: Venturer
does she do anything in the vertical position?

With this story, you need to ask that: :)

14 posted on 07/01/2011 3:36:31 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: tobyhill

we have the worlds wealthiest poor. so wealthy they have no incentive not to be


15 posted on 07/01/2011 3:37:23 PM PDT by hecht (TAKE BACK OUR NATION AND OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM)
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To: bcsco

I guess the lady hasn’t figured out how babies are made.


16 posted on 07/01/2011 3:37:33 PM PDT by tobyhill (Real Spending Cuts Don't Require Increasing The Debt)
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To: tobyhill

“... Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.”

Oh, Sonya, maybe you should quit making babies a little sooner. You probably should have gone with the 0 or 1 option rather than 8.


17 posted on 07/01/2011 3:40:29 PM PDT by hauerf
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To: tobyhill

Mother of 8? Can the father(s) comment on this?

Didn’t think so.


18 posted on 07/01/2011 3:40:56 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: tobyhill
I guess the lady hasn’t figured out how babies are made.

Laugh all you want, but she may be more evolutionarily fit than you or I. As long as we support an environment which takes care of her spawn, however meagerly, she will flood our land with same. It's the cuckoo strategy, using our nests and food for her young. It's worked fine for them.

19 posted on 07/01/2011 3:41:34 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: MeganC

“Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies”

WHAT????????????????????????????????????????


20 posted on 07/01/2011 3:41:38 PM PDT by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Best Cook on Free Republic! ;-))
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To: tobyhill
Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies

If anyone thinks these budget problems are going to be fixed easily, forgetaboutit.

Did the writer of the article even think about asking how we let this happen? We have 1 women, 8 children and how many fathers?

Our problems are not fiscal, they are moral and unless the culture starts holding behavior like this accountable we are bankrupt.

schu

21 posted on 07/01/2011 3:42:28 PM PDT by schu
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To: bcsco

Stopped reading right there.

The best example they have for a sob story is somebody with eight kids living off the forced generosity of the taxpayer. Let her pick through dumpsters and get her kids into foster care with the hope they can ultimately be placed with responsible parents.


22 posted on 07/01/2011 3:43:13 PM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: tobyhill

23 posted on 07/01/2011 3:43:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: tobyhill

Ahhh, the professionally poor. Living on food stamps and subsidies, and from entitlement to entitlement - never contributing to society; breeding large families of democratic voters from different fathers. But, one day one could make it big and move into the White House - Oh, but wait...


24 posted on 07/01/2011 3:46:05 PM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: tobyhill

Break out the boo-hoo blanket. A hanky won’t be big enough for the sob stories you’re about to hear ...


25 posted on 07/01/2011 3:46:05 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: MeganC

Her husband is gonna hafta get a second job.


26 posted on 07/01/2011 3:47:29 PM PDT by seton89 (Aequinimitas per ignorantiam)
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To: tobyhill

Illegals and other minorities hit hardest.


27 posted on 07/01/2011 3:49:08 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: tobyhill

Dayton has never proposed a budget.

The Minnesota House and Senate passed a balanced budget bill with a 10% overall increase in spending.

Dayton will not sign because he wants to tax the top 20% of the wage earners in the state more.

He has never said how he will spend this additional money that is not needed in this budget.

The people no longer receiving aid must ask the Governor why an extra 10% was not enough.


28 posted on 07/01/2011 3:49:42 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: tobyhill
LOL, this is the Democrats’ biggest fear - - the government shuts down and nobody notices except the Democrat party “base” of government-addicted bums, deadbeats, and parasites. And the rats want to blame the Republican party party that represents working taxpayers because they won't cave in to coughing up yet more tax dollars for Democrat politicians to use for their vote-buying scheme. Beam me up.
29 posted on 07/01/2011 3:50:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Pearls Before Swine
It's the cuckoo strategy, using our nests and food for her young. It's worked fine for them.

BINGO!

What a great analogy!


30 posted on 07/01/2011 3:51:18 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: tobyhill

This single mother of 8 takes off work and forfeits her income in an effort to get back on her feet. I think the main problem is she doesn’t spend more time on her feet and less time on her back.


31 posted on 07/01/2011 3:51:22 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: RDasher

Day one of the MN government shutdown has ended. It was just like yesterday. Except a little hotter out side.


WRONG! The fishing was much better today than yesterday! Leech Lake is hummin’.


32 posted on 07/01/2011 3:52:54 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: tobyhill
One wonders why.....since the "gop" knows exactly what's coming.... they don't attack first????? Get THEIR statements out first...attack THEIR targets....put THEIR enemies on the permanent defensive?????

How many times locally and nationally must the rinos be handed a victory on a silver platter only to drop it ineptly?

How many times will the "gop" adroitly and expertly snatch certain defeat from the very jaws of victory??

The gop makes me sick.

33 posted on 07/01/2011 3:53:51 PM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: tobyhill

I stopped at ...”a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.”...... Unreal. That is one of the main reasons there are problems....................that is $22.50 based on a 40 hr work week.............that is some serious cash. I would love to make. I always thought Government was there to give you a little help if you need it not a life style


34 posted on 07/01/2011 3:54:59 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: tobyhill

“take time off as she gets back on her feet.”

There’s a... plan.


35 posted on 07/01/2011 3:56:17 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: tobyhill

I guess maybe Mark Dayton should get down off his high horse and sign the budget bill.


36 posted on 07/01/2011 3:57:12 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Lancey Howard

Sorry, RATS, I need my money more than you do.


37 posted on 07/01/2011 3:57:22 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: tobyhill

If higher taxes for the wealthy are the issue in MN, the GOP and Minnesota residents are smart to avoid those tax increases. Other states have tried millionaire/billionairre tax increases and they didn’t work. Thats because there simply aren’t enough rich folks to make a difference. After those failures, the Democrats in those states tried raising taxes on the middle class...thats what they really want to do. There are many more in the middle class so the Dems would absolutely love to use the failure of higher taxes on the wealthy to stick it to the little guy.

Hold firm, Minnesotans...the Dems will soon try to raise all of your taxes too.


38 posted on 07/01/2011 3:57:30 PM PDT by NRG1973
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To: tobyhill

Oh, I think she has. She doesn’t care about that, it’s the money, honey...


39 posted on 07/01/2011 3:59:34 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: flintsilver7

I kept reading, but that disgusted me as well. And we’re supposed to feel sorry for these asses? NOT!


40 posted on 07/01/2011 4:00:55 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: tobyhill

They lure the minnions into dependency and then they use them to cry wolf. These are despicable humans who profit from the poor and the uneducated. SCUM!


41 posted on 07/01/2011 4:01:02 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: tobyhill
In Minnesota Friday, highway construction came to a halt, rest stops and state parks closed. And 22,000 state workers have been laid off. The reason: a protracted budget dispute between the state's Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature.

When there is no money; there is no money. The Democrats solution of more taxes, more borrowing, more irresponsible spending, and printing money is reaching its logical end game.

42 posted on 07/01/2011 4:05:33 PM PDT by olezip
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To: IncPen

$3,600 a month in state child care subsidies

Words fail me


43 posted on 07/01/2011 4:06:57 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: bcsco

“$3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.”

You have got to be KIDDING me!!!???!!!


44 posted on 07/01/2011 4:11:46 PM PDT by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: olezip
rest stops ... closed

How do they shut down a roadside tree?

45 posted on 07/01/2011 4:12:20 PM PDT by seton89 (Aequinimitas per ignorantiam)
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To: tobyhill
IMHO, Conservatives shouldn't criticize a women for having lots of children. The issue is that neither she, nor the ‘baby daddies’ are paying the shot. As another poster said, it's the cuckoo bird strategy — where ‘society’ has to pay.

This woman doesn't likely make anywhere near 3,600/month, when she's working. Giving her a $3,600/month child care subsidy, so she can work at a job paying a lot less, is very inefficient.

46 posted on 07/01/2011 4:16:12 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: jivin gene

Upthread noted that 3600 is 22.50/hr. Nontaxable. Then throw in the 5K or so earned income credit every February.

She makes about 45K/year not countin ‘temping’ earnings.


47 posted on 07/01/2011 4:16:53 PM PDT by txhurl (Did you want to talk or fish?)
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To: muawiyah

“One of the risks in accepting public aid is that it can be cut off without warning.”

As it should be. What the hell did these slugs do before we started dishing out “public aid”? They worked. And, I’ll bet you they weren’t pregnant every nine months, either.


48 posted on 07/01/2011 4:19:14 PM PDT by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: tobyhill

Wasn’t is Dayton, who is a Democrat, who vetoed the budget?


49 posted on 07/01/2011 4:21:48 PM PDT by stevem
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To: tobyhill

On the ABC evening news, there was a big sob story from a camper who couldn’t go camping this weekend because the MN state parks were closed. So the MN taxpayers are supposed to pay for people to go camping and also for child care credits for irresponsible people.


50 posted on 07/01/2011 4:23:48 PM PDT by randita
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