Skip to comments.Minnesota Shutdown Hits Poor; Aid Groups Scramble (Here comes the sob stories and "blame the GOP")
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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Minnesota’s poor will just have to move to Illinois. How tragic.
this story makes me feel like sobbing...3600 a month, wow
Words fail me...
...how come Dumbo ain’t there saying those RICH public officials are taking your money?
One of the risks in accepting public aid is that it can be cut off without warning.
Poor woman, if she’d just aborted more of her offspring
she’d be doing ok.
This example of the poor is also the example of why they are broke.
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?
One person could have single handedly averted this, and that person is... the Governor.
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.
A temp, with six youngest children, WTF.
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.
With this story, you need to ask that: :)
we have the worlds wealthiest poor. so wealthy they have no incentive not to be
I guess the lady hasn’t figured out how babies are made.
“... 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.
Mother of 8? Can the father(s) comment on this?
Didn’t think so.
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.
“Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies”