Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Draft Republican Budget Impacts to DES

This morning during Democratic Caucus, we had a presentation by staff of exactly how much the draft Senate Republican budget would cause the state to lose in federal funding just from cuts to the Department of Economic Security.

With the proposed $99 million in additional cuts to DES, this amounts to a loss of $499 million in federal funds.

The impact includes the layoff of thousands of employees, a reduction in investigations and elimination of many vital programs.

Some programs that stand to be eliminated include emergency services, coordinated hunger and homeless, domestic violence, JOBS, substance abuse and vocational rehabilitation.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families would be reduced and impact 38,500 families.

Click HERE to see the full document.

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