[Education and Welfare] Fwd: [real-eyes] editorial just posted in KC Star
message from my IPHONE
terrieiphone at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 15:40:57 CST 2012
Begin forwarded message:
From: Steven Clark <kcpadfoot at gmail.com>
Date: February 23, 2012 3:12:12 PM CST
To: real-eyes at freelists.org
Subject: [real-eyes] editorial just posted in KC Star
Reply-To: real-eyes at freelists.org
I just got this via a tweet and thought I'd share it. One of the many
benefits of following the KC Star and others on twitter.
Posted on Wed, Feb. 22, 2012
The Star’s editorial | Missouri must help the blind and poor, not punish
You know a state has problems when lawmakers recommend taking money from
the blind and the poor to spare colleges and universities from harmful cuts.
In Missouri’s case, the problems include hostility toward a governor
seen as autocratic on budget matters, and a callousness toward the poor
which rears its ugly head all too often.
But the core issue is the refusal by Gov. Jay Nixon and legislators to
find new sources of revenue for a chronically underfunded state. Whether
it be reining in tax credits, collecting taxes on Internet purchases or
supporting a higher tobacco tax, Missouri’s leaders refuse to take the
tough steps that would lead to long-term fiscal health.
Republicans in the Missouri House have vowed to stop Nixon, a Democrat,
from balancing his $23.3 billion spending plan with a cut to higher
education spending. The governor’s initial radical reduction was $106
million but it’s now down to $66 million.
Last week, a House subcommittee recommended making up most of the
remaining gap with cuts to social services, including $28 million that
the state spends to provide medical care for 3,000 blind Missourians.
Those recipients have an income above Missouri’s Medicaid eligibility
limit. Also, they receive a monthly payment of about $700 from the Blind
Pension Fund. But Missouri’s threshold for adults to obtain Medicare is
appallingly low. And a $700 stipend is no substitute for reliable
Other proposed cuts by the subcommittee would affect child care
subsidies, prescription drug help for seniors and some services for the
Nixon is calling for the cuts to be stopped, and they should be. But
there are no political points to be scored here. Responsible leaders
should have taken steps to avoid being painted into this corner.
© 2012 Kansas City Star and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.
To subscribe or to leave the list, or to set other subscription options, go to www.freelists.org/list/real-eyes
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the EW