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Minnesota welfare payments to increase for first time since 1986


February 3, 2020

Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Tori Boyer, a mother of three who has received MFIP assistance since she suffered a traumatic brain injury, said that for a time the monthly payments were her only source of income.

The last time welfare recipients in Minnesota saw an increase in their monthly cash payments, Minnesota Twins slugger Kirby Puckett was elected to his first Major League Baseball All Star Game, gas cost less than $1 a gallon and Rudy Perpich was just elected governor.

Thirty-three years later, thousands of poor families on Minnesota's family welfare program will see a long-awaited increase of about $100 a month, bringing the maximum cash subsidy for a typical family of three to $632 a month. Minnesota has not increased its cash assistance for poor families since 1986, even as the cost of living has more than doubled. Only two other states, Arizona and Oklahoma, have gone as long without raising welfare payments.


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