April 30, 2012
It could have been much worse.
Governor Dayton signed the Health and Human Services policy bill this morning. Because of the strong advocacy of Affirmative Options members and others, The following proposed cuts to children were not included in the final bill:
Provisions that passed but could have been worse if not amended (these will become law):
This year, we would like to thank Representative Jim Abeler (R, Anoka) for authoring the Visible Child Work Group provision, which became law when Governor Dayton signed this bill. This work group will identify and recommend issues that will improve the well-being of children who are homeless or have experienced homelessness.
Thank you to the advocates for tireless work to both maintain and strengthen Minnesota's safety net!
April 18, 2012
Last night, the House and Senate Health and Human Services Conference Committee adopted a few provisions for changes in MFIP policies that would:
Other provisions that must be discussed and then adopted, modifyed, or eliminated before the bill goes to the governor:
2012 Welfare Reform Proposals: Taking Shelter and Food Away from Minnesota Children
THESE PROPOSALS WILL PLUNGE MORE CHILDREN INTO DEEP POVERTY, AND WILL INTENSIFY HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS ACROSS MINNESOTA.
What these proposals promise:
The consequences of these proposals:
Some of the Details in Budget Bills
The Health and Human Services bill passed last night and signed into law by Governor Dayton today differs in some important ways compared to the bill approved by the legislature in May.
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