Sunday, December 1, 2019

WI GOP Senators leave homeless kids, vets out in the cold

Yes, it's cold outside.

If the nasty weather on your doorstep or TV doesn't register with you, just remember what Milwaukee looked like last winter.

And, yes, Republican State Senators voted against releasing funds to combat homelessnesseven though, a) they know it's cold outside. 

And, b) the funding had been approved in bi-partisan votes in the GOP-controlled Joint Finance Committee and State Assembly.

But c) the funding died in the GOP-controlled State Senate, even with a "no" vote from an original sponsor, River Hill's long-time Sen. Alberta Darling.

Of the 4,907 homeless in January 2018, 660 were family households, 332 were veterans and 527 were experiencing chronic homelessness, according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Here is more Wisconsin data. Every person enumerated here has a name.
As of January 2018, Wisconsin had an estimated 4,907 experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of that Total, 660 were family households, 332 were Veterans, 246 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 527 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. 

Public school data reported to the U.S. Department of Education during the 2016-2017 school year shows that an estimated  18,592 public school students experienced homelessness over the course of the year. Of that total, 274students were unsheltered, 2,675 were in shelters, 1,305 were inhotels/motels, and 14,338 were doubled up.
And why are these Wisconsinites left even more exposed by politicians we taxpayers pay about $50,000 a year, plus cellphone, food, gas and per diem hotel money when they feel they need it, as the weather turns:

To maintain Republican purity on 'welfare' - -a/k/a/ keeping people alive - - and specifically so GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald could maintain an appropriate, politically-functionally distance from social services funding which might have cost him exactly zero votes in the special US Congressional election he is going to win, handily.

In a safely gerrymandered GOP district.

And, no, I don't know how these GOP pols sleep at night, though I am sure they're toasty warm.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Republicans don't seem to have a conscience, so there's no anguish to trouble their sleep.