After a year-long fight on General Assistance Medical Care, the Governor is proposing to:
- Eliminate General Assistance – that provides $203 a month in income support to adults unable to work because of very serious illness or disability.
- Take income assistance away from 7,000 families who have a parent or child with disabilities and are on the Minnesota Family Investment Program, leaving those families to live on disability support only at deep poverty levels. (Another 900 families in which the parent of a child with disabilities or the spouse of someone with disabilities would lose all or much of their child care assistance, jeopardizing their ability to continue working.)
Emergency General Assistance which provides one-time emergency help to keep adults from becoming homeless or for those who are homeless to get re-established in stable housing has been unallotted.
The Minnesota House Health & Human Services Committee will be deciding in the next few days whether to accept or reject the Governor’s proposals. If your legislator is on that committee, call her or him this week. Find out who represents you.
Tell your representative: “Please protect funding for General Assistance, Emergency General Assistance, and MFIP families.”
Members of the committee:
|Rep Tom Anzelc, Balsam Townshipfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep Julie Bunn, Lake Elmoemail@example.com|
|Rep Patti Fritz, Faribaultfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep Jeff Hayden, Minneapolisemail@example.com|
|Rep Larry Hosch, St. Josephfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep Thomas Huntley, Duluthemail@example.com|
|Rep Tina Liebling, Rochesterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep Erin Murphy, St. Paulemail@example.com|
|Rep Mary Ellen Otremba, Long Prairiefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep Sandra Peterson, New Hopeemail@example.com|
|Rep Maria Ruud, Minnetonkafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep Bev Scalze, Little Canadaemail@example.com|
|Rep Nora Slawik, Maplewoodfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rep Cy Thao, St. Paulemail@example.com|
|Rep Paul Thissen, Minneapolisfirstname.lastname@example.org|