Blind Cuts Never Work for Children

This week the legislature proposed increasing the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget $482 million less than what’s needed...

to keep even with inflation.  This would require major service cuts.

The word was “something had to be done” to control this budget.

What exactly?

Few legislators know DHS well enough to say with authority whether any particular program is inefficient or unnecessary.  Nor do they appear knowledgeable about who their plans will hurt.

We know that blind, across-the-board reductions never work out for children.  Yet legislators are prioritizing initiatives such as ineffective R&D credits, and expanded tax breaks for businesses and individuals who won’t suffer without them.

Each legislator supporting this budget should learn how it will harm children, and take responsibility for saying publicly why it’s worth the pain.

Rich Gehrman