From the NY Times, July 8
“Though the shutdown meant that about 22,000 government employees became suddenly unemployed, the most significant impact so far for Minnesotans who do not work for the government appears to be in the sort of everyday thing, like child care for the poor, that had been easy to overlook for those not dependent on it.
About 21,000 families with a total of 37,500 children in Minnesota receive day care subsidies that pay about half of the cost of child care at centers or in private homes. An additional 4,000 families are on a waiting list.
“Of the things involved in the shutdown, this is the one that could grow into a crisis because of all the people who rely on it,” said Senator John Marty, a Democrat who represents a suburban district north of St. Paul. “This program has done tremendous things for women who had been on welfare.” <Read article>