CODY — With the nation’s unemployment rate stuck at 9.1 percent amid continuing signs of a faltering economy, President Barack Obama last week proposed a new round of up to $447 billion in tax cuts and federal pubic works spending …
Aid Debate, a WyoFile special report, looks at whether there is a double standard in how some legislators view different forms of federal assistance, how America's farm subsidy system doesn't necessarily work to only help the nation's smallest agricultural producers and how Wyoming's construction industry continues to struggle despite the slowly improving economy.
Take a look at the arithmetic: $24 million divided by 7,500 workers divided by 13 weeks of extended benefits means the average check for a worker getting these benefits would be less than $250 per week, hardly a gravy train. It’s difficult to provide food and housing for a single person on that income; supporting a family of four would not be possible in Wyoming.
Rodger McDaniel, who last month retired as head of Wyoming's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, takes a look at the Legislature's decision to turn down $38 million in federal unemployment benefits for Wyoming residents. McDaniel, also an ordained minister, notes that "when Jesus said, 'The poor will always be with you,' it was not an invitation to exploit them, but a judgment against those who do."