In Sunday's Star Tribune, reporter Chris Serres took a tough look at a law sponsored by Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, that requires some welfare recipients to take random drug tests on pain of losing their benefits.SEE ALSO: Pine County Sheriff's refusal to enforce new gun regulations has Draz's ... More >>
Norm Coleman may be Minnesota's most popular prominent Republican, but he isn't feeling any love these days from nonprofit campaign watchdog groups in Washington.Both Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have recently called for the IRS and FEC to investigate whether ... More >>
Minnesota EBT cards are used by welfare recipients to access their benefits.A measure that would have prevented welfare recipients from withdrawing more than $20 a month using their EBT cards has died a quiet death during budget negotiations at the Legislature. The bill, introduced by GOP Re ... More >>
rahegoComment of the day: Ease up on the hate for welfare recipients.We wrote recently about Minnesota Republicans pushing a bill that would prohibit people who use EBT cards--government assistance on plastic--from withdrawing cash at ATMs with the cards, except for $20 per month. Comments ... More >>
Big things going down under the dome.The GOP majority in the Minnesota legislature has already put out some pretty remarkable bills this session -- the ones doing away with pay equity for women, the one limiting welfare recipients to $20 in cash withdrawals, the one requiring welfare recipien ... More >>
This would have been more fun if she had asked 4chan.You guys are stressing, we know. All this talk about the deficit. How are we ever going to close the $418 billion hole in this year's federal budget?But you know what? Don't sweat it. Michele Bachmann has got the situation locked down, usin ... More >>
Minnesota's welfare-to-work program draws increasing fire
The White House's new anti-poverty program: Shotgun weddings
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Pawlenty's welfare reforms are modeled on ideas that have already failed in the state next door
Notes from the road
County officials such as job developer Dana Woods offer businesses "packaged and presentable" workers--with subsidies attached.
Managers at the Twin Cities' first 24-hour day-care center, set to open in September, are betting that with welfare reform propelling more low-skill workers into graveyard-shift jobs, it will fill up fast.
The vacancy rate among buildings that accept Section 8 already hovers between zero to 2 percent, and it's going to get worse. According to a recent study, landlords are "increasingly reluctant to accept Section 8 tenants."
Further proof that welfare reform won't cut big business from the dole
The outlook for Minnesota
Poverty pimps, like nature, abhor a vacuum.
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