Seven of the candidates running for Minneapolis Mayor appeared Thursday night to answer questions at a forum sponsored by the DFL Somali Caucus.
President Trump’s budget, according to many advocates for the poor, would make Americans weaker, sicker and hungrier.
The $4.1 trillion budget boosts military spending and doles out huge tax breaks, paid for by cuts to programs om which millions of low-income Americans rely to survive. According to Joel Berg, executive director of Hunger Free America, just days after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue assured Congress there would be no cuts to SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, the president’s budget calls for slashing the federal nutrition program by $192 billion over 10 years.
“That’s far bigger than even the worst cuts that (House Speaker) Paul Ryan proposed in the past,” Berg said. “That would equal about $8,000 worth of cuts per family over the next decade. It’s just unimaginable.”
The Trump administration has said the cuts will be balanced by stricter work requirements and reduced fraud, but Berg said the numbers just don’t add up.
SNAP users are not “freeloaders”
Retired folks in Minnesota hope they'll be included in any tax breaks state lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton agree on during a final budget plan. Only a dozen other states tax Social Security benefits.
Donald Trump's probe into voter fraud is targeting a problem that doesn't exist according to Common Cause of Wisconsin.