This year's Annual Congressional Dinner will feature United States Congressman Dan Kildee and we will honor the accomplishments of the 2013 Andrew Jackson Transure Award winner. The event will be held at the Riverfront Banquet Centre at 5:30pm, in downtown Flint. Tickets are $50 for an individual and $500 per table. If you have questions, please contact Alex Isaac, Chairman of the 2013 Congressional Dinner!
For more information on the ongoing assault on the poor, visit the Michigan League for Human Services.
We face tough times in Michigan and no one wants to be on public assistance, but too many people need some help to get through a period of a job loss or serious illness.
Republicans, who seem not to be content with cutting pay and benefits for middle class workers are now turning their sights on the poor. They see the average $200 in monthly benefits for families earning less than $2,000 a month as living high on the hog.
They propose forcing families spend down any assets they may have above $5,000 to become eligible for food assistance.
Forcing families who may have someone in a job-training program or suffering from an illness to spend down their meager savings or sell one of their two cars is a recipe for disaster.
Pushing families who are already insecure into further poverty before granting them food assistance will ensure than some families are never able to leave poverty - even with government assistance.
If a family is forced to sell a car or spend emergency savings, what happens when there is an emergency? What happens when the car breaks down and they cannot afford to fix it?
How will this family get to work, get kids to daycare or to after-school activities?
These types of cuts are inhumane and unnecessary. Food assistance is federally funded and will not save Michigan taxpayers a single dime.
Food assistance and the Earned Income Tax Credit (another anti-poverty program eliminated by Governor Snyder and the GOP-led Legislature) should be conservative ideals: limited in nature and strictly controlled to provide a specific type of assistance to the truly needy.
Those who support themselves owe society some answers.
Governor Snyder’s job approval numbers are approaching bottom-of-the-barrel status according to a recent EPIC-MRA poll. The Governor’s efforts to slash funding for schools and cut business taxes while adding taxes to seniors and the working poor are wearing thin with Michigan voters. In the survey released Monday by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, 33 percent gave the GOP governor a positive job rating while 62 percent gave him a negative rating and 5 percent were undecided. Republican's across the state ought to be getting their lifeboats ready, as these numbers are headed in the wrong direction.
enesee County resident Donald Wasserman posted an interesting article on his website about what drastic budget cuts meant for the Estonian economy. We hear voices from the right saying we need to make drastic budget cuts to “get our fiscal house in order,” to “rightsize government” or, my personal favorite, “make government work like a business.” What would that mean? Well, Estonia shows us. In order to join the Euro, the country of Estonia and New Jersey raised President Thomas Hedrick Ilves, instituted severe budget cuts to meet European Union membership criteria. (Not to mention no other Eurozone country follows those criteria, not even Germany). Did economic prosperity follow after the “government got out of the way?” Hardly.