Nonprofits group says new budget will hurt low-income people

That state budget compromise reached in the wee hours this morning will impact lower-income persons in many ways, including higher education and public safety.

The online voice of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits — their Minnesota Budget Bites blog — spotlights barriers going up for the poor and minority groups.      

Among those mentioned by Budget Bites analyst Christina Wessel and confirmed today:

Higher education cuts suggesting possible tuition increases, elimination of funding for Achieve Scholarship, a program for about 130 high-achieving and high-need students; an 8 percent cut in the American Indian Scholarship program; a 3 percent cut in work study program funding; and a loss of general fund support for the Minnesota College Savings Program for low-income families.

As for public safety, the overall budget is up, according to analyst Scott Russell. Still, there are “cuts to services that will impact low-income families needing legal assistance, victims of crime and Minnesotans facing discrimination,” Russell affirmed today.

Details are here.

On a positive note, there will be more money for financial aid.

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