Minnesota Still In Shutdown, And It’s The Most Needy Who Suffer
No urgency to reopen
Mary Nienow, who directs a child care advocacy organization, Child Care Works…aid her group is getting dozens of emails a day from families worried that they will lose their child care assistance…
Arc Minnesota, a St. Paul nonprofit that helps people with disabilities, has suspended 90 percent of a housing service since losing its state funding. The program helped more than 200 people, including some who were homeless and others who were institutionalized, find their own housing in the past 18 months.
“We really worry about what those people will do,” CEO Pat Mellenthin said.
The shutdown’s effects are wide-ranging. It has closed historical sites and rest stops, shut down the state lottery, made it tougher to get a driver’s license and halted the issuance of hunting and fishing licenses.
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