In a country full of Ron DeSantises and Greg Abbotts, we definitely more Tim Walzes.
Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz was taking a stand for his state’s new free school meal program in a polite but very firm manner:
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday offered an unwavering defense of his state’s recently enacted universal free school meals program, arguing that Republican efforts to means-test the initiative would have created burdensome and needless administrative barriers.
“The haves and the have-nots in the school lunchroom is not a necessary thing. Just feed our children,” Walz, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, said during a press conference on the state’s new income tax rebate checks.
“Isn’t that rich. Our Republican colleagues were concerned there would be a tax cut for the wealthiest,” said Walz. “The fact of the matter is that the programs of getting food to our children as easily as possible has always been a priority.”
“We know there’s a lot of families—it’s hard, they send you tons of paperwork, you’re struggling, you’re doing work, you’re doing all that,” Walz added, referring to the income verification process and other hoops families previously had to jump through to qualify their children for free school meals. “This was meant to make it as easy as possible knowing that it’s a benefit for all of them.”
Isn’t that so typical of these so-called pro-life Republicans. Take care of the rich first and foremost and to hell with the starving kids. It’s not like they’re fetuses anymore, amirite?
Thank goodness that Minnesota has a common sense and compassionate governor like Walz. Someone like DeSandtis would have signed a Don’t Say Hungry bill with his pudding stained fingers so fast that it would make your head spin.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (DFL) explains why he rejected Republican lawmakers’ attempts to means-test school meals for K-12 students:
“The haves and the have-nots in the school lunchroom is not a necessary thing. Just feed our children.” pic.twitter.com/vozmi7oS3N
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) August 16, 2023