Minnesota Republicans want to outlaw poor people having more than $20 pocket cash

So, Michele Bachmann in not an anomaly in her state. There’s something rotten in the state of Minnesota. Hint: it’s not the Democrats. (Emphasis mine.)

St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Republicans are pushing legislation that would make it a crime for people on public assistance to have more $20 in cash in their pockets any given month. This represents a change from their initial proposal, which banned them from having any money at all.

On March 15, Angel Buechner of the Welfare Rights Committee testified in front of the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee on House File 171. Buechner told committee members, “We would like to address the provision that makes it illegal for MFIP [one of Minnesota’s welfare programs] families to withdraw cash from the cash portion of the MFIP grant – and in fact, appears to make it illegal for MFIP families to have any type of money at all in their pockets. How do you expect people to take care of business like paying bills such as lights, gas, water, trash and phone?”

House File 171 would make it so that families on MFIP – and disabled single adults on General Assistance and Minnesota Supplemental Aid – could not have their cash grants in cash or put into a checking account. Rather, they could only use a state-issued debit card at special

Cross posted at Let Freedom Rain

2 comments on this post.
  1. Ricky Barnes:

    It’s because we can’t trust these people and we want them to be grateful for all they have received. So does this mean they can’t buy the large box of diapers on sale at a store that gives discounts for cash, for their kid and save a few cents per diaper? Its just wrong.

  2. Mark Francis:

    Soon enough, the peasants will be out with their pitchforks and torches. Fox News will be there, calling them terrorists.