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- Working-class people are just one bad break away from loosing everything
In 1989, while commercial fishing, a two ton block of ice came
crashing down on me. Since then I have been disabled. My wife and I
scraped by on her salary until the day our Jeep died. With no
reliable public transportation, my wife lost her job. The state
provides little help for struggling couples without small children.
We were evicted from the home we'd lived in for many years and left
Working-class people are always one bad break away from losing
everything. Wages are so low that a third of those working
full-time live below the poverty line. They have little or no
savings or insurance. As a homeless veteran, I'm eligible for
healthcare and housing assistance. Many are not so lucky. If they
become disabled or are unable to find work, they're forced to turn
to the state for help. And the state gives them barely what they
need to survive… if anything. They lose all dignity.
It's wonderful that Vermont is leading the nation in developing
universal healthcare. But it must not be at the expense of other
necessities. Let's develop a budget based on the needs of the
entire community. Let's think in terms of putting people first!
Let's get behind the Peoples Budget Bill.
Jay Spurling, Winooski, Vt