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”
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.
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.
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...
Break out the boo-hoo blanket. A hanky won’t be big enough for the sob stories you’re about to hear ...
Her husband is gonna hafta get a second job.
Illegals and other minorities hit hardest.
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.
What a great analogy!
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.
Day one of the MN government shutdown has ended. It was just like yesterday. Except a little hotter out side.
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.
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
“take time off as she gets back on her feet.”
There’s a... plan.
I guess maybe Mark Dayton should get down off his high horse and sign the budget bill.
Sorry, RATS, I need my money more than you do.
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.
Oh, I think she has. She doesn’t care about that, it’s the money, honey...
I kept reading, but that disgusted me as well. And we’re supposed to feel sorry for these asses? NOT!
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!
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.
$3,600 a month in state child care subsidies
Words fail me
“$3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.”
You have got to be KIDDING me!!!???!!!
How do they shut down a roadside tree?
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.
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.
“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.
Wasn’t is Dayton, who is a Democrat, who vetoed the budget?
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.