ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The judge overseeing appeals from the Minnesota government shutdown has restored funding for a child-care program that serves nearly 16,000 children in more than 9,000 low-income families.

Ramey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin on Wednesday accepted a recommendation from special master Kathleen Blatz to reinstate child care funded through the state Basic Sliding Fee program.

The court earlier restored child care services funded with federal money. Blatz cited testimony that the care programs are so complex that it’s impossible to separate the federal from state funds, so the state needs to either make all child care assistance payments, or none at all.

The Service Employees International Union Local 284 Kids First program, which petitioned Blatz along with other groups, says family child care providers are breathing a sigh of relief.

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Comments (16)
  1. Get a says:

    I would love to give this so-called Judge Gearin a piece of my mind! She makes absolutely no sense in what she bases her judgments off of. Either the state is shut down or it’s not!! MAKE UP YOUR DAMN MIND!!! You re-open the zoo, yet will not even make a decision on Canterbury, which makes a heck of a lot more money for the state than the zoo does. Eventually everything will be back up and running, but with no budget agreement. WHAT A JOKE!!!!!

    1. ItsTheSpendingStupid says:

      Ohhhh the SEIU to the rescue to save the “children” by petitiong the Judge. They care sooo much for the kids. What a puff story.

  2. what!?! says:

    What is the point!

  3. Curtis says:

    The whole thing is nuts. My wife is a teacher and she said the janitor is complaining because all the kids in summer school get free lunches but they bring their own so he has to throw all of it away. What a waste, why are we feeding kids?

  4. What shutdown? says:

    Why even bother, we shut down anything that produces something and then allow all of the programs that fund the welfare class lifestyle to continue.

    Wouldn’t want them to suffer a little and think of moving on to be someone else’s problem no way, not at all.

    This shutdown is a complete joke

    1. Jeff "Gangsta" J says:

      Well, we need to have government-funded child care.

      I mean who is going to watch over the 19 kids while Shameeka and “baby-daddy” go out drinking at Karma each night?



  5. Stacy says:

    This judge is as bad as Dayton. This is a perfect example of why this state is going down the tubes. In what world is tax payer childcare a life and death need. I hope the people of Minneasota wake-up and throw all of these left wing bleeding heart libs the hell out of this state come the next election and they can take all of the welfare losers with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Jeff "Gangsta" J says:

      Stacy, tax payer child care is a life or death need.

      Because without child care, these kids would be out on the streets selling drugs and shooting each other.


    2. DTM says:

      So you’re in the top 2% of income earners? If not, what exactly are the GOP doing for you? Or are you just a mindless sheep that toes the party line because they tell you to?…Baa…baa.

      1. What shutdown? says:

        Any GOP member has done a heck of a lot more for me than some welfare loser that can’t even take care of their children.

        You must be a welfare leach that likes to live off of others hard work or your a simple DFL lemming loser …. most likely both

        1. DTM says:

          Uh, oh…What shutdown doesn’t like being referred to as sheep. Touch a nerve there, little fella?

          You must not have children to be so cavalier in dismissing their needs (I know, big surprise there).

          And really, what has a GOP member done for you? If you’re not a GOP legislator I’m curious as to how “any GOP member has done a heck of a lot more” for you.

          Shouldn’t you be out grazing or taking another drink of your Kool Aid?

  6. Jim Saporito says:

    Decisions are made by people who never lived in or near a bad area. We passionately reject anything that might make us a bad person. We passionately believe in being “good people”. Any problems in bad hoods are due to racism and historical whargarrbl. Anyone who complains is a racist. That’s what we tell ourselves because we are “good people”, sensible, not like the extremist crazies and hotheads…

    It’s a logical fallacy. It’s like being for abortion simply because you don’t like Pat Robertson. We can’t complain about bad people in the city, because that would put us in bed with the KKK. The people who don’t have to live with the reality on the ground don’t have to care about this error in logic. They can afford to be self satisfied and over educated. And the problem gets worse. But, conveniently, it must be because we haven’t quashed the racism, lack of economic opportunities, whargarrbl. You’re not going to reason with people who don’t have to live with the reality on the ground. You’re just not.

  7. St. Paul says:

    This was the right thing to do. There is no reason why children should have their lives turned upside down because of this situation. Even better would be if all state services were restored and employees were brought back to work. What happened in Wisconsin yesterday is just a sign of what is to come. Democrats keep strong — the republicans will find out too late that their inflexibility has cost them more than their principles — it will cost them their offices.

  8. shrugged says:

    Quit legislating from the bench!!!!! This judge needs a recall. Historical society?

  9. We're all nuts! says:

    We have more ways to obtain welfare than there are ways to earn a living!

    Everybody can’t be on the dole, somebody has to work. This is insane. No wonder we’re broke.

    Stop the damn welfare!!!

  10. Less Govt says:

    You bet Service Employees International Union Local 284 does want to make sure the children are cared for, thy have already spent about 25 years of that generation’s wages

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