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States running out of money to fund federal programs!


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October 15, 2013
Oldman really loves this shut down, even if no social security, after all it’s how it will be for your children as well as grand children and great grand children. So, only right that you feel it as it really will be in the future.
As many know Icall things as they are. Did you know that all the states have been paying your snap food stamps and money from state budgets in waiting for the federal government to get their butt’s in line and do as the people want.
By the way people is meaning those working 9-5 and not all you on ssi and whatever else the fed’s pay you to keep you in line. Think it’s going to be hard now? Lucky your not younger like your offsprings as it’s really going to be real hell for them!
Well states are now running out of money, that means there not going to be able to fund all these free bee programs much longer. Oh yes, I heard even from my own family the federal government will always make sure we get our money food medical and so on. Hate to say this you foolish sheep. but the states have been paying in hopes that the fed’s will repay them but guess what that will not happen either. Oh no what now?
Papers, CNN Fox all of them will be saying what I am saying it’s been states that are going to be hurting for being so kind in October and maybe some states will carry though November. Maybe.
Let’s see what I have found so far and kept quiet about after all what does an old man know. A lot more than you think!
days into the shutdown, it’s easy to wonder just how much the federal government helps people day-to-day. We’ve heard about delays in highways maintenance and about federal workers who have to wait until the government opens to get paid. What about those programs conservatives are always complaining about? You might have expected stories about people suffering without help from various federal services—from food stamps to welfare checks. Instead, there’s been little to indicate needy people are going without.

That’s because the worst potential effects of the shutdown have been delayed—for now. States, even deep red states, are currently covering for the feds. Some programs waiting for re-authorization—like food stamps—are still largely intact because the federal government sends out reimbursements at the end of the month, so there’s still money and state employees to administer the benefits. Others programs have state money to thank. Through moving funds around, draining reserves, and employing a few other accounting tricks, state governments have been able to keep almost all key safety-net programs going despite the shutdown. Because many of these programs, like cash assistance, are funded through block grants, their financial situation and short-term viability vary tremendously from state to state. Regardless of ideological bent, interviews with experts at several national and state groups that monitor federal grants all confirm that most states have been uniformly working to keep such programs going for as long as possible.

In Texas, all major welfare programs have continued despite the shutdown. The state has used leftover money from last year to keep the nutrition program Women Infants, and Children—known as WIC—running. That means that needy families haven’t had to go without essential food checks for milk, infant formula, and other necessities. Other programs are funded by a combination of federal and state dollars, allowing states to spend their earmarked funds all at once. Texas, which had previously been cutting cash assistance to both reduce the amount people receive and make it harder to qualify, has moved its money around in order to keep making payments during the current crisis.

The shutdown has not been without its state-level casualties. Head Start, which provides early childhood education to low-income kids, has struggled to keep centers open. Domestic-violence shelters around the country are limping along with drastically reduced staff and minimal funding. For poor Americans, the prospect of losing childcare, cash assistance, and formula for their infants all in a short time is terrifying.
Most states use a combination of state and federal funding for welfare programs, from cash assistance to domestic violence prevention to childcare, says LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for family-income-support policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning economic think tank in Washington, D.C. Because it’s early in the fiscal year, states can spend the money they’ve already designated upfront and wait for the federal agencies to put in their share later. For a limited time, that can keep things chugging along.
Arizona appeared to be the only state that would cease issuing welfare checks. The state is one of 11 relying on federal funding alone to keep its cash-assistance program running. When the federal dollars ceased, the state had no other money designated for the same purpose it could to fall back on. Much like Texas, Arizona’s conservative state government had already slashed the amount of the checks and raised eligibility requirements, so the program could gently go to the good night.
If we come to November, there’s a whole lot of everything else that starts to fall apart.
Michigan is preparing to put as many as 20,000 workers on unpaid leave and eliminate cash and food aid to the poor. North Carolina sent 366 employees home and closed its nutrition aid program to tens of thousands of women and children. Illinois this week may issue furloughs to hundreds of federally funded employees, including workplace safety inspectors.
The state-level fallout shows the widening impact of the first partial U.S. government shutdown since 1996, as Republicans won’t pass spending bills unless President Barack Obama agrees to roll back part of his signature health-care law, which he refuses to do. About a third of the $1.7 trillion that states spent in 2012 came from federal sources, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers.
Benefit programs that aid the most vulnerable Americans will themselves become vulnerable by late October, when most states will run out of money to keep them going unless lawmakers in Washington can end the federal government shutdown before then.

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