Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I Support Dayton - I Blame Amy Koch & Joe McDonald

Dayton is my governor
Amy Koch is my senator
Joe McDonald is my representative

I live in Republican world - Wright county Minnesota.
My governor has compromised - the Republicans have not.
The Republicans are to blame for Minnesota's state shut down if it occurs.

LONG-TERM Implications of the Republican Budget

Here are just a few  of the LONG-TERM changes that will be a result of the Republicans budget – This is just some of them, a few of them  and these changes will be around a lot longer than the State shut-down. 

·     Under their proposal, health care systems would only receive an estimated $930 per patient per year to provide health care

·     repealing health care coverage through Medical Assistance for over 100,000 Minnesotans.

·     $50 million in cuts that threaten the supply of affordable, high quality child care.  $50 million in cuts that threaten the supply of affordable, high quality child care.

·     a 17.5 percent cut to Office of Justice Programs that would result in drastic cuts to domestic violence services statewide.

·    proposed elimination of a $952,000 state grant, which would result in the cancellation of the Caregiver Respite program and loss of $2.1 million a year in federal matching funds.  Caregiver Respite enables many older or sick adults to live at home instead of institutional settings.

·    proposed $1.6 billion in cuts to health and human services, including limiting access to chemical health treatment.

·    cuts that would eliminate school-linked mental health services.

·    proposed a 17.5 percent cut to the state Department of Public Safety's Office of Justice Programs, which houses the Youth Intervention Program.

·    proposed the elimination of the entire general fund allocation to metro area transit, $130 million over the next two years, and a devastating $7.6 million cut to Greater Minnesota transit.  More than 100,000 people - seniors, students and working adults - depend on transit every day just in the metro area.

·    proposed a 16 percent cut to the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, jeopardizing training opportunities.

·     proposed a 14 percent cut for higher education - which will result in the lowest level of funding in over a decade.

·    proposed a 65 percent cut to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.  Department of Human Rights' mission: to make Minnesota discrimination free.  Our vision: That we will eradicate discrimination and empower every person in Minnesota with the ability to enjoy all of the benefits of society regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, age, sexual orientation, familial status, and public assistance status.

Maybe Minnesotans should start thinking about

the millions of people who will go without services –


because of the Republican budget plan.

The GOP shut down the state.
They refuse to tax the 7,700  wealthiest MInnesotans who are making / earning a million dollars or more a year.
To hell with everyone else - the State of Minnesota is owned by the 89,000 wealthiest Minnesotans and they have a hosue and senate to prove it.
Plutocracy, anyone?

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