ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled that a program helping severely disabled people find jobs doesn’t qualify for funding during the state’s government shutdown.

Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin denied the funding request on Monday, going against the recommendation of former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz.

The Minnesota Association of Community Rehabilitation Organizations argued that the program performs a critical government function.

Gearin’s ruling says it serves an “admirable goal” but isn’t “so essential” that it overcomes constitutional requirements.

She also denied requests to allow new nursing licenses, give car dealers access to an electronic vehicle registration system or let a suburban city get a water main construction permit.

But she allowed funding for a Twin Cities food delivery service for homebound elderly people to go ahead.

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Comments (9)
  1. classfied to me says:

    … a minn judge denied people money? …and other a city a main water constuction? … what is wrong with the world?

  2. sick of meanies says:

    As she sits in her $1000 leather chair…….

  3. Paulie says:

    And yet let the welfare and public services continue to flow and grow!!! That is right! Disabled people cannot protest and cause riots. People who run our state and interpret the law are COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. s says:

      I don’t mean to nitpick but the disabled jobs program is both a public service and a form of welfare. It’s a great example of welfare, actually–deserving folks getting government assistance to improve their lives.

  4. ME says:

    We need to take our state back from the RICH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Get a says:

      LOL – The RICH control the world. they create businesses that employ thousands of people throughout the world. They actually make meaningful contributions to society and not suck you dry of every penny you have. GET A CLUE!!

  5. Joseph Rodela says:

    There must come a time in a law makers life where the interests of their financial backers takes a back seat. Obviously when they don’t people suffer. The American dream – work and accrue debt until you die and pass the debt onto those who love you. Quite sad really.

  6. Barry says:

    The judge can deny a jobs program for the diabled but last week she approved pension to continue for the retired legisttrators, who most likely don’t really need it. There is something grossly wrong with this form of thinkig.

  7. Michelle says:

    Query: Since my life is in the midst of ruin since of the FEDERALLY funded Older Worker Program is administered by the state and I, a person who WORKED for my pay rather than collecting a welfare check am now furloughed: can I sue for damages?

    If a private citizen had caused this kind of loss for anyone there would definately be grounds, followed by award.

    Any attorney out there looking to make a name for themselves? I’m game if you are.

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