It’s a start.
Today, Governor Dayton included a $100 per month increase the MFIP grants in his budget proposal. But it is not enough.
The cost of living has more than doubled since 1986 – the year the grants were last increased. The governor’s proposal would increase the grant for a family of 3 from $532 to $632 per month. But, to keep up with inflation, the grant should increase to $1,150.
This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics CPI Inflation Calculator.
For years now, the Welfare Rights Committee has had bills calling for the grants to be doubled. We are not against the “baby steps” being proposed by the governor and by other legislators, but our families demand more.