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Thomas Sowell on the Welfare state

Thomas Sowell is an American economist and social theorist currently a senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been one of modern day`s big advocates against the social welfare state or its expansion thereof . He has spoken and written extensively on the unfounded presence of the welfare state, that keeps on expanding. I share some of his quotes that do sum up the illogical nature of the welfare state: The assumption that spending more of taxpayer’s money will make things better has survived all kinds of evidence that it has made things worse. I have never understood why it is...

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This mostly private effort to help the homeless should be supported

A Star Tribune cover story, “Walz nets nearly $5M to help the homeless,” brought some encouraging news last Friday.  Gov. Tim Walz spearheaded a new push to raise funds for Minnesota’s homeless population from mostly corporate and philanthropic organizations, and has raised almost $5 million so far.  Even though $1 million for this fund came from the Met Council, this promising effort has been mostly private, and stands in very refreshing contrast to nearly constant demands for more government funding for a litany of social ills. Kudos to Gov. Walz and everyone behind the Minnesota Homeless Fund, which is being managed...

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Voluntary Pre-K held at 2017 level, but does not target neediest children

Minnesota is spending enormous sums of money on education programs for very young children, but the state’s mission is muddled and the results discouraging. Plus, the policy forces private child care providers to compete with “free” child care, threatening to create a government monopoly on child care. The good news is that the Senate held the line, with no increase in spending, and Gov. Walz, is showing some independence from the teachers’ union. ...

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Despite findings of fraud, Carolyn Ham still getting paid while on leave

Given the seriousness of the allegations, especially the concerns expressed by federal investigators that welfare funds are supporting terror abroad, and the finding by the OLA that DHS did not have basic internal controls in place and ignored the warnings of its own investigators, the Center has called for the Trump administration to suspend funding for CCAP until Minnesota can demonstrate competence in administering the program. ...

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Inspector General at DHS Placed on Paid Leave Following Report of Welfare Fraud

MPR News reported that Carolyn Ham, the Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Human Services (DHS), has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of a “probe.” The Inspector General’s office is in charge of protecting welfare programs from illegal activity and fraud. Last week the Office of Legislative Auditor (OLA), released a report that found a “serious rift” between the IG’s office and the DHS investigators tasked with investigating fraud. The report also noted that the IG’s office reported directly to the politically appointed commissioner at DHS and thus, had no independent authority. (The OLA, in a letter to...

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Senate GOP takes action on Child Care Fraud: Calls for DHS Inspector General Ham to Step Down

In response to the legislative audit revealing wide-spread welfare fraud and other illegal activity connected to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) summarized here, the Senate GOP Leadership sent out this news release last night: Senate Republicans heard legislation yesterday to address the shocking revelations of the Legislative Auditor’s report on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).  Four bills in the Human Services Reform Committee focused on increasing oversight and maintaining the integrity of the funding. Senator John Jasinski (R- Faribault) presented two bills to address CCAP fraud. “When the man in charge of investigating CCAP says that fraud could be at least 50% of the entire...

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Poverty, Culture & Marriage

Editor: The following essay by American Experiment Founder and Senior Fellow Mitch Pearlstein, “Poverty, Culture & Marriage,” was released as part of “The Tenth Annual Celebration of John Brandl and His Uncommon Quest for Common Ground,” on November 26, at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. The essay is one of four in a new anthology, Grasping and Reducing Poverty in Minnesota, with the other three by Stephen B. Young of the Caux Round Table, Angelica Klebsch of the Citizens League, and Dane Smith of Growth & Justice.  Featured speakers at the event were Tonya Allen...

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Let’s Help Small Employers Offer 401(k)s But Not at the Expense of My Kids

It has been decades since Congress addressed retirement plans in a comprehensive way; the Left is capitalizing on that by getting states to offer defined benefit plans for low-income private sector employees. Several states including California (of course) have already passed the legislation needed to begin what will essentially become state-managed pensions for everyone. That is a bad idea worth killing by offering a better idea. The President and Congress are thinking about ways to help smaller employers band together so they can offer a retirement plan to their employees but who pays to get this done? Your kids. ...

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