Child Care Costs In Shutdown Hit Low-Income Families

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Governor Mark Dayton has asked a special Judge to consider funding some programs including child care subsidies for low income families during the state government shutdown.

More than 26,000 families across the state receive day care subsidies so they can work and provide for their families. Without them, some parents now fear they may have to quit their jobs to take care of their children.

At Creative Kids Academy Daycare in Anoka, there were only 21 kids there Tuesday compared with more than 60 on a normal day. The daycare director said the missing kids are those that received subsidies.

At Pazazz Salon in Golden Valley, Chere Thompson mans the reception desk wondering how long she can continue to work without having day care.

“It’s so hard for me because he isused to the normalcy and routine going to day care,” Thompson said.

With the subsidy she paid just  $40 a month at this Anoka day care for her 10-year-old, Devon. With the shutdown, she would  have to pay $179 a week. She pulled Devon out of day care because she can’t afford it. Thompson said her son misses the daycare.

“… He asks me every day ‘Mom what do we do next?” she said.

Jamie Mulligan’s three children go to the same day care with the subsidy she pays $100 a month. Without it, the cost is $500 a month. She pulled her three children out and is having to leave her job two hours early.

“It hurts everyone,” she said, referring to the shutdown.

Mulligan said she knows that fewer hours means a smaller paycheck and she worries eventually her employer will lose  patience.

“I am constantly worry about this shutdown every day with the statusof my job,” Mulligan said.

The Creative Kids Day Academy is a chain of six day cares in the Twin Cities. The academy is looking at layoffs if the shutdown continues.

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  • See BS

    Führer Dayton is required by law to ask the State Legislature for government funding.

    • devildog3249

      Last I check Daycare wasnt mentioned in the MN Constitution

  • Bo

    so what’s the point of this government shutdown if slowly but surely everything will be back up and running, but an agreement on a budget? I’m worried about how long I can go without my additional income from gambling on horses. Please get that back up and running too for those of us that are responsible and do not require the government teet.

    • ry


      • r

        Only agree to the 1st line.

  • why bother to work

    21 of 60 families pay their own way? Enough of the welfare.

    • Stacy

      No wonder the state is broke. Two that take for every one that pays their own way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tom

    another form of government spending wrong, sorry but i dont see the need to pay for daycare, i dont have kids, so what do i get, nothing……i have to work just as hard….no love loss here, plenty of crops to pick this time of year

    • kieron

      There’s that compassionate conservatism in action!

      • Rico Suave

        Compassionate conservatism was never my thing. I was always a pay your own way guy. If you want to show compassion, take care of yourself and your family first, so as not to be a burden on others, then after you’ve done that, volunteer at your local food shelf or soup kitchen. It’s always easy to crow about compassion with someone else’s time and money.

        • Mary

          Rico, my comment was not for you. It was for the limp wristed lib.

        • Compassion to the tax payer too

          You hit the nail on the head! I hate people complaining that OTHERS are not compassionate… they should look in the mirror and see if they can do more than criticize others first!

      • Mary

        Get a new line.

    • Where's the compassion?

      ever think it’s NOT all about you?

      • Guy

        Ever think that if you CAN’T AFFORD kids then the obvious answer is DON’T HAVE THEM.

        • Devils advocate

          As long they keep abortion legal that is…

          • compromize

            sure, as long as you get sterilized after two… limit is the key.

            • Guy

              Sterilize ’em after the FIRST one if they cant afford him/her – why wait.

              • compromize

                It’s called a compromise. Second chance. That sort of thing.

        • me

          ok I agree with you but ummm what happens when that 6 figure income earner who had children and, at the time could afford to pay for them, all of the sudden is laid off and has no income left?? He/she obviously had money when the planned initially…but in today’s economy, many high earners found themselves without jobs. Some are still looking…good luck getting your resume seen in a pile of hundreds. Before you assume someone had children when they couldn’t afford it, maybe you should remember our recent ecomony and large lay offis in the past few years. Not everyone is a leech looking to live off of welfare.

      • Paulie


        • Paulie

          BTW Guy, that was for “Where’s the compassion?”

  • Mean ol' Rico Suave

    No daycare for the welfare queens? Tough titty. My kids never saw the inside of a daycare center. I shouldn’t be paying for yours. Tell the guv to cut spending and sign the GOP budget or no dice. Otherwise let em’ all starve.

    • kieron

      Rico is all for population control, folks!

      • mike

        No he is for personal responsibility, you can’t afford kids don’t have them. welfare should be a six month program to help after that your on your own.

      • Mean ol' Rico Suave

        ……But just for those on the dole. Hey look, it rhymes: Population control for those on the dole. That could be a great campaign slogan.

      • Stacy

        No he is saying enought is enought! If you can’t afford to take care of your kids, quit having them! Why should the rest of us foot the bill for someone eles kid care. If you need help seek a cherity. At lease that way if you beleive in social help give till you bleed!!

        • Kim

          Perhaps a good Preschool would have set Stacy on the path of learning how to spell?

          • spell or tell?

            Where is your tolerance to her spelling not being perfect?? It doesn’t cost you a dime…

    • me

      I’ll remember your compassion when you’re homeless and unemployed on the street with no means for financial support. I hope you never find yourself in a situation where you lose everything, like some people have. NOT EVERYONE is a welfare queen because the choose to be. Hope you never experience unfortunate events, that are beyond your control.

  • Ticked off Taxpayer

    Once again, those of us who pay our own way are penalized. I’m starting think I’m doing it all wrong. I work a FT job, bay bills, taxes, etc. All I need to do is stay home and the gov’t will pay my rent, child care, cell phone, food, etc.

    So tell me again why I work my butt off to support myself??

    • K A Peter


  • Tony

    My Grandpa and Grandma watched me when my parents were at work. Nobody subsidized them. By 10 I was a latch-key kid. This is the job of family, friends and community. Not government bureaucracy. The government is not your surrogate family, and I am not your surrogate dead-beat-dad.

    • Paulie

      I am right with you there Tony.

  • Victim mentality

    Good golly! I was a single mom, paid over $300 per week for child care, did without the new cars and nicer clothes, and worked my butt off … I wasn’t qualified for any government child care assistance. I’m one of those “limp wristed” liberals, but this subsidy (among others) yanks my chain.

    • Marlis

      you’re absolutely right!! we the working taxpayers are so sic and tired of these dead-beats, entitlement leaches living off the gov. You need daycare?.parents need topay it themselves; why should hard working taxpayers pay for your kids care?? and then some lady has 8 kids and is oh so stressed b/c she won’t get (us) the gov. to foot the bill for her daycare. she prob’ly has no fathers around. any wonder we’re broke in Mn??? Its got to stop. welfare and assistance for 4 mo. and thats it!!!

    • Beer Guzzling Redneck

      Single moms get child support you can use for day care. :)

      • Melissa

        Yea right we get child support. Why don’t you get the state to crack down on the dead beat loser dads and make them pay and then they wouldn’t have to have as much government assistance. Many of these people who get day care assistance aren’t losers sitting on their couch watching tv while someone else takes care of their kids…they are working their butt off. I have two kids, I don’t get child support because their dad refuses to work. I work a fulltime job and I attend college fulltime as I work on my bachelor’s degree. I don’t get any other government assistance but I am so very greatful to have gotten daycare assistance. I don’t wear designer clothes or drive a brand new car but I budget and save. I will be able to pay my daycare costs during this tough time because I have saved my income tax and any other bonuses I have run into .. I understand there are many that abuse the system and complain and expect that others should take care of them. I do not…I am thankful and I am not somene who is taking advantage of the system.

  • Kim

    Some of you should be careful, your ignorance is showing. I agree that the childcare subsidy program should be changed but not eliminated. By design it should help struggling families get on their proverbial feet not become a way of life. The system is broken and too many people abuse it.

    • Bobby

      Kim…if you go back and re-read the posts, that is exactly what most people are saying. 4-6 months of assistance to get people back on their feet….then you are on your own.

  • Frustrated

    For many this is the only hope for them to be able to provide for their families. Most are hard working woman that want the best for there families. These funds also support thousands that work in the child care industries without these funds many child care centers would not be in business. Not everyone is handed a silver spoon we need to provide for these children so that they have a good start to life. By the way just because they get assistance for childcare does not mean they are welfare. Most of them are not.

    • another frustrated

      I think as long as 2/3 of the kids are subsidized at a daycare center, 2 out of 3 workers there are working for the government… Amazing how far the hands of the government reach… Ridiculous, too.

    • Devils advocate

      Getting childcare assistance is absolutely 100% the same as welfare. Either way you are getting money from the state. And if child care centers close because the assistance is taken away, then newer more affordable child care centers will open up. It’s called supply and demand. Will those child care centers be as nice as the more expensive ones – nope, you still get what you pay for. Don’t like it? Work harder.

  • Connie

    By my reckoning the subsidy for these two families would be over $1000.00 per month. For two families. No wonder we’re going broke. My husband and I raised two sons. He worked outside the home during the day and took care of our children in the evenings. I took care of the children during the day and went to work on the night shift. Not much sleep for either one of us, but we figured that OUR children were OUR responsibility. It seems that this kind of thinking is out of fashion. Surely some other arrangements could be made on their part without everyone subsidizing their families. It has to stop somewhere or there will be no more money for anyone.

  • besty

    well in the perfect world, all families would have a mom and dad, but not nowadays, Both single mom and dads WORKING need some assistance not welfare so they can work get ahead like most do and get off the assistance. They are not slackers most have fallen on a hard time in this economy not there fault the goverments ( blame shame)and need liittle help to move up off the assistance, and most don’t have neighbors or friends or even ralatives who can help them out as they are working also. So it’s not a hand out it’s a help up for majority of these people. In which most hate even haveing to ask for help in the first place but have no choice. And they have to be working to even be able to get assistance.. no slackers here.

    • Guy

      So why is it OUR problem to fix their bad choices. These women chose the losers to father children – NOT ME. Spay her & neuter him if they can’t pay for their kids.

      They want to have morals that are worse than allycats; TREAT them that way.

      • l

        Please do not ever reproduce you’re horrible and ignorant.

    • Stacy

      Once again that’s their problem not ours.

  • TOM


  • m

    Did you ever think that maybe some people are on day care assistance is because of something out of their control. Like a dead beat parent or a death of a parent. Also what about people that are taking care of kids that are not theirs? Check your facts before you start throwing stones. Good for you if you took care of your own kids with your husband, not every man sticks around to be a father. In the long run this is also providing jobs at day care centers and taking this away is affecting people’s jobs. People that raise your future fellow tax payers. Maybe we should start looking at other wasteful spending like paying people for taking a long holiday weekend. And if you don’t have kids you haven’t a clue about how much it takes to survive. There are always those who take advantage of the system but some people do need help to move forward. This service is only provided to working families.

    • Ned

      It should only be a temp solution not forever. It is not societys obligation to raise the children of the world, its the parents. Maybe more thought should be put into having children in the first place.

    • Rico Suave

      26,000 people are getting this. That’s the size of a small city. This is abuse. I know a woman who was a struggling single mom who is now a millionaire and never took the handouts. Maybe taxpayers won’t be so ticked right now if people weren’t using the safety net for a trampoline. There have been many times I’ve qualified for govt. help and didn’t take. People used to be ashamed to be on the dole. Now it’s just second nature. And in doing so, we are teaching them the opposite of self reliance and resourcefulness. When my kids were little my wife and I worked different shifts so we could keep our kids out of daycare. We had a house and a couple of old cars and not much else, but we figured out how to make it on our own. My tough love parents rarely helped us if ever. It taught us how to take care of ourselves. I’m tired of hearing people say they can’t make it without help. Too many of us have done so much more with so much less than these deadbeats. We know it can be done.

      • K A Peter

        Thank you…This is how it should be. I did not collect free when I could work more to take care of my self and family. People now have no idea about self rellence they think for some reason they deserve. Good thing our founding Fathers had a different idea.

      • m

        Single parents usually do not have another person around to help. I totally agree that it is abused but something needs to be in place for those that do fall on hard times through no fault of their own. I was in a 9 year relationship and had a child 6 years into it. Me thinking that it would last then he’s gone. No child support-nothing. If he were a man and helping out I would not have to be on this. And this is all I’m on. Buying my own food, paying my own rent, etc. I’d be willing to pay it all back once my child started school. I think I speak for the majority of single mothers on childcare assistance but without this my life would be horrible.

        • Guy

          YOU made the choice. YOU picked the loser. (and after 6 years; you should have known what kind of loser he was). Why do you expect ME to pay for YOUR bad judgement?

          • m

            Obviously I spent 9 years with him cause he was a loser. You’re absolutely right. Your name shouldn’t be “Guy” maybe you should be “God” with your perfect judgement and never making a bad choice.

        • Beer Guzzling Redneck

          The county takes child support as soon as you file a claim.

          There is no way to avoid it, or he loses his drivers license and then he goes to jail.

          I can only assume you have not followed the steps you needed to.

          • m

            So in this theory. If I did fill out the pages upon pages upon pages of paperwork and then theoretically he is mandated to pay and doesn’t he goes to jail right. Duh he doesn’t have to pay child support in jail. Brings you right back to the single income parent. I can only assume you have not followed the steps you needed to to make a valid point.

        • Lisa


          Who are you kidding…yeah I am SURE….that you will pay back all OUR money once you hit it big time……get real

          • m

            I pay taxes too so now what? How are you going to try and belittle me now?

    • legal immigrant

      like that woman with the 8 kids, with 6 in daycare so she can work at a temp?? nice.

    • K A Peter

      6 months help that is it. People who are not citizens pay double taxes for the privilege of living here. Why do we the working tax paying people have to pay for everyone? I should quit my job…oh well I am layed off because of the shutdown… ummmm what can i get for free………

      • m

        Will you be receiving unemployment?

    • Drunken Dissed Orderly

      “Good for you if you took care of your own kids with your husband, not every man sticks around to be a father.”

      It doesn’t matter. All you have to do is file a support claim with the county, and you will receive money from whichever deadbeat you need it from. This is how it works. Period. He either pays support or he goes to prison.

      It sounds like you didn’t do what needed to be done, and that’s your own fault now isn’t it…

      • m

        Obviously you don’t have a clue. It’s not that easy. I’ve filled out all the paperwork I needed too but you can’t get money if there isn’t an income. But keep living your drunken life and judging others. Good for you.

  • Sarah

    So let me get this straight…
    Most of you want the child care subsidies to end? You realize if that happened most of the people receiving them would not be able to work & would subsequently end up on welfare, right? These are NOT lazy people – they have jobs & are trying to provide for their families in this crappy economy!
    Perhaps more money should be spent going after all the deadbeat parents, force them to do community service work at $8/hr to pay back these subsidies along with the child support they owe. The ones getting the subsidy are the responsible parents!

    • Drunken Dissed Orderly

      I would like subsidies too then as long as some are getting it. Give me the money and don’t ask questions.

    • m

      Thank you Sarah.

  • K A Peter

    What happened to people and their families helping each other? They have it so easy that the rest of us pay and no one has to take care of each other. As a layed off state worker I am hurting and I’ ve never gotten any assistance from the state. I pay for everything. Who deserves help? Come on.

  • Where's the compassion?

    I don’t get why some many people think that every person receiving help is a leech-y horrible person. Did you forget that we ALL receive government aid in some form or another?? This specific aid gives a family a chance to WORK for their money. Now these people will loose their jobs because they have no options. It is easy to talk down to them on the internet. But this is now a family with serious problems. It’s easy to say they should do this or should have done that. What about now? No income means no food, no housing…ect. Don’t you think a day care subsidy is a lot cheaper then the help hey will need now? But hey-good for you, way to be righteous!

    • Rico Suave

      Where is your compassion? Way to be righteous. Help these people if you want to. Don’t be generous with the cash of others. It’s charity by way of theft and it’s wrong. You’re full of compassion when you aren’t paying. A real moral superior aren’t we?

      • Where's the compassion?

        I am paying. I have no kids. I work and pay taxes just like you. I know that the system is abused. But it also does a lot of good for people in need. I don’t see why so many people are upset about some abusing this subsidy for hundreds…maybe thousands when there are corporations abusing subsidies in the billions!

        • Rusalka

          Excuse me? Now you are throwing in the EVIL CORPORATION red herring? Prove it. Prove your assertion that corporations are abusing subsidies, “IN THE BILLIONS” and then factor in how many people are gainfully employed by those corporations and the taxes and revenue the state gets by virtue of that business being in operation. BTW: Huffington Post, Daily Koos and MoveON.Org are not sources.

          • Where's the compassion?
            • Rusalka


              The cato study did not factor in the taxes paid by these corporations; sales, payroll, income etc. so the subsidy figure is not wholly accurate. There is an offset. It also does not distinguish between annual subsidies and one time incentives, and that fact is noted within the study itself.
              Welfare recipients on the other hand, by their very definition are not net tax payers, and that is what so many people are riled up about, myself included.


              A civilized society has a safety net; I want and support that concept. But this safety net has expanded too far, for too long and is now a way of life for far too may people. It cannot be sustained.

              This is anything but compassionate; to enable and reward dependence.

            • Blah Blah

              Well, comprehension is not your thing. No big deal, now we know, lets stick to our strengths.
              I think your source here “MIGHT” be a little biased.

    • A1_Worker

      Taxes for a person making $40,000 are about 8%. That is 3200 a year. At 12k for these two, it would take 4 of us workers to pay for their mistakes.
      Sorry, but if you can’t afford kids, you made a mistake.
      Oh, and we have to pay daycare too, and we can only deduct 5k max from our taxes.
      Now is that fair.

    • Rusalka

      Who is this “WE” you are referring to? Because you sure as heck don’t speak for me, or any member of my family. So knock off with the monolithic straw man argument. I’m a net tax PAYER, and I resent like hell the 50% of American households who are net tax receivers. Atlas is Shrugging folks, and the DNC and public employee unions are watching this state with chills running up their spines. If Dayton gets his tax increase, the nation and O’Bummer will get one too. This is much bigger than just the budget in Minnesota.

  • gustie2004

    I get a little cranky about this topic. I’m all for a hand-up – temporarily. But this entitlement BS has got to stop. It is *not* the govt’s responsibility to subsidize your lifestyle!!! The only one who should be doing that is YOU. I have two kids – luckily with a loving and very involved father/husband in my life. We both work full-time at “good” jobs to be able to provide safe housing (shelter) and food for our family. Plus pay our bills, etc. Together, we make around $63K a year. We did things the “morally superior” way – went to college (paid our own way b/c our families couldn’t afford to send us – which meant working FT and taking student loans to make up the difference) – didn’t have kids until we had been married for several years – blah blah blah. We got no assistance, have done it all on our own. The way we were raised. Unfortunately, the lessons didn’t transfer down in the family. My brother got a girl pregnant while in college. The baby mama got to go to school for FREE b/c she was a mama. She got rent super cheap, utility assistance, food assistance etc while in college. My brother sponged off her. After graduation, she “couldn’t find a job” – kid is now 6 yrs old and both mama & my bro are STILL on assistance. B/c they – like many others (not all) figured out that sucking on the gov’t teat is far more profitable than actually having a job and being a productive citizen. Their kids wear Gymboree (mine wear hand me downs and not from their cousins, LOL!), they have a nicer car than I do, they live in a lovely low-rent townhome with more amenities than I could ever hope to afford … they have a Wii, PS3, new computers, etc. It ticks me off. I have the satisfaction of knowing that I’m paying my own way in this world … but damn, I’d like to have some fun too.

    It just irritates me, b/c I know many others in the same boat. It *is* a lifestyle for far too many people, and that’s got to change.

    While I do have compassion for people who land on hard times and I do believe in temporary help … I have a hard time feeling sympathy for people who pay less every month for 3 kids in daycare than I do for 2 every WEEK. I’m happy to do it – my children are loved and well cared for – it’s a 2nd home for them and another trusted adult they can turn to in their lives. But seriously, people, don’t complain b/c it isn’t garnering you any sympathy!!!!

    • Where's the compassion?

      Yes I understand that people should pay their own way….But I find it hard to believe that of the 26,000, they are in the same situation as your brother(and family). The thing is, you do get the satisfaction of doing it the right way! That is what is great….you can do it the right way and lead by example! There is nothing classy about pulling out that EBT card. And deep down everyone that uses it, knows it. But the problem is exactly what you said- Its more profitable to do it the wrong way rather than the right. And it has gone to the point where people expect that. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen over night. We, as a society have evolved into that. And, we cannot totally blame the people who do in that direction because sometimes it is the better decision for them and their family at the time. All I am saying is that these people deserve a little compassion and a little respect. We are all here together and must remember that.

    • m

      Maybe you should be having this discussion with your brother. With you being “morally superior” to him.

    • today's the day

      Right on sister–right…on!

    • Beer Guzzling Redneck

      You both went to college, and now you make a combined 63k per year? What did you go to college for, English Lit?

  • Screw Em

    OMG!!! Someone has to pay for their own daycare???? WHAT WILL WE DO! WHAT WILL WE DO??????? STOP HAVING BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM TIRED OF PAYING FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin

    Stop having babies!!! I do not want to pay for your children!! I have enough of my own issues!! Can not aford kids? DONT HAVE THEM!!

    • m

      It’s not like most (I’ll say most because there are some who do abuse the hell out of the system) people plan on having to depend on the government for help but when you have to you have to. Maybe we need to set up a program where eventually you have to pay back what you used once you get back on your feet. Some people had good jobs when they had children and then got laid off, not their doing, and now need help. That’s why we pay taxes.

  • m

    I don’t like paying for roads in Minnesota that I will never use but I don’t complain about it because I know it is bettering someone’s life. Or paying for State Patrol officers or for the bridge in Stillwater but I do because it is my responsibility as a person to give a crap about other people. Worrying only about your money is sad. I do not know one single person getting assistance that drives a new car or gets new clothes again get your facts straight before you throw stones. Apparently you don’t have a clue how “welfare” works and obviously you have never had the misfortune to live in low-income housing. It’s not nice or fun. I also do not know of anyone that got to go to college for free because they’re a parent but hey if you do then good for you. Maybe your brother needs to be more like you. But probably not you sound bitter and angry. What a crappy way to go through your “morally superior” life.

    • calm down lady

      m, you are the bitter and angry one. Not her.

      • m

        I am not angry but saddened by all the people thinking they have the right to judge other people based on their monetary value. I have not read all of the comments here but it seems the people disliking this program have anger. Treat them like “alley cats” “morally superior” really? Where did these people grow up? It’s sad. Everyone has their right to their opinion but saying people are worthless or “losers” is getting our country no where. It takes a lot of energy to hate some of you must be exhausted.

  • A1_Worker

    I dislike the word WE being used by everyone. It diminishes the hard workers in our state to use “We have evolved to it”. That is incorrect, there are thousands who are responsible and pay their way. The problem is to many accept the irresponsible as the norm,
    You say be responsible as a good example? But if we do, you rob from us.
    Is that right?
    How about an atta boy for those who work hard and are responsible.

  • Where's the compassion?

    It is ‘we’. We as a society. Why? this is just one small part of a system that is deeply intertwined and cannot be defined independently. I say yes, lead by example and help out….if more people were like that, there would be no need for this specific subsidy. But this is a different time. Things are not like they were even 20 years ago. Things don’t work the same. Money isn’t made the same. There are so many differences that we cannot compare. You are not being robbed. You act like some poor family is taking money directly out of your pocket for day care when in fact you probably contributed less than a penny to a specific family. Poor you. I personally would rather have a penny go to them then to where much of our other tax money goes to.!

    • Rusalka

      WE are not a Society, and YOU do not speak for ME. I am being robbed. That money is MINE first; I earned it I work for it and it never belonged to the US Government, or “Society” to begin with.
      You want to be generous and compassionate with your own money, you knock yourself out. BUT LEAVE MINE ALONE. Who are you to decide where and what happens to MY MONEY? One this is for sure: there are more people mooching at the system and more social welfare programs bleeding the tax PAYERS dry.

      • m

        Where do you live? You pay taxes and don’t have a choice so it’s technically not your money. Unless you are one of those non-tax-payers. In which case you are allowed to dictate where the money goes either.

  • Where's the compassion?

    That’s your problem, you think that the welfare system is SOLELY bleeding the tax payer dry. And, did you forget? By living in this country, you are a part of this society, and must pay into this government. I get that it was your money. But you pay taxes and that money goes somewhere. I am only saying I would rather see it go to someone in need rather than something wasteful. And I get it, you think that someone in need is something wasteful. That is why we won’t agree. But I suppose you are right you are being robbed, but it isn’t from the lady with three kids down the block!

    • Guy

      And I would rather see it stay IN MY WALLET – where it BELONGS.
      You can be as charitable as you want with YOUR money – just keep your thieving hands out of MY pocket.

    • Stacy

      WE are the goverment! Maybe we should have a new law that if you are receiving money from the goverment then you don’t get to vote. Then maybe we could quit having the DEMS buying their vote with taxpayer money.

      • Terry

        Have you ever served a term in the government? If no you are not the government. You all pay taxes it is not your choice where it goes. It is the lawmakers and if you don’t like where they decide to spend their money run for office. When you get elected make changes. I hope none of you ever fall victim to a lay off cuz unemployment is the same as all other type of government assistance. Good luck living your lives with perfection and superiority.

  • Johnathon

    Its time to back up a bit as a society and rethink what government handouts do to people. Are we helping or hurting them by paying their way in life. A truely compassionate society helps those that help themselves.

    • Not raised that way

      Thank you Johnathon. The people spewing “compassion” are about to make me puke. My daughter and many other young girls I know work when they feel like it. The rest of the year they live off your “compassion” Govt assistance ruins many families. Short term help has evolved into a way of life.

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