Urgent: Bills to Increase the Welfare Grants in Minnesota Need to Be Heard in Committee!
CALL- IN THIS WEEK. WEDNESDAY February 27th & THURSDAY February 28th.
Welfare Rights Committee has been working hard to get a bill passed through the 2013 Legislative Session. We have had meetings with the Gov’s office, Dept of Human Services and many politicians to stress to them why it is very important to raise the welfare grants this year. We were able to secure authors in the Senate and House and get the bills introduced. NOW we need them to give the bills a hearing in the Health and Human Services Committees. We need the Democrat Leadership to a stand for poor and working families and children. We need to pressure them to support the bills.
1) CALL DFL House Committee Chairs and Request a Hearing on Bill HF433 to increase MFIP (welfare) cash grants for families in poverty
–Representative Tina Leibling (Chair of House Health Human Services Policy Committee) 651-296-0573, firstname.lastname@example.org
–Representative Tom Huntley (Chair of House Health Human Services Finance Cmtee) 651-296-2228, email@example.com
Sample Message for the House committee chairs:
“I ask you and the DFL to support a significant increase to the MFIP grant in Minnesota and give the bill to increase the grants, HF433, a hearing in your committee in time to meet the deadlines.”
2) CALL DFL Senate Committee Chairs and Request a Hearing on Bill SF165 to increase MFIP (welfare) cash grants for families in poverty
–Senator Kathleen Sheran ( Chair of Senate Health, Human Services and Housing Policy Committee) 651-296-6153 firstname.lastname@example.org
–Senator Tony Lourey (Chair of Senate Health Human Services Finance Division) 651-296-0293 email@example.com
Sample Message for Senate committee chairs:
“I ask you and the DFL to support a significant increase to the MFIP grant in Minnesota and give the bill to increase the grants, SF165, a hearing in your committee in time to meet the deadlines.”
3) At any time, please CALL your legislators and ask them to support and pass the first increase in Minnesota’s MFIP cash grants in 27 years.
To find your Senator and Representative and contact info: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/
Background Info/Talking Points:
- 100,000 receive welfare (MFIP) cash assistance every month in MN.
- 70,000 of this number are children.
- Minnesota’s cash assistance grants put families at 70% below the federal poverty level.
- This means that 70,000 MN children are living in what is considered EXTREME POVERTY.
- Even if the grants were doubled, families would still be 30% below the federal poverty level. MFIP Cash Grants have not been increased since 1986- 27 years.
- The cost of living has more than doubled since 1986.
- In 2012, only 27% of the federal dollars from TANF block grant given to MN for welfare, actually went to the cash grants.
- A family of two receives a cash grant of $437 a month. A family of three receives $532 a month.