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Issue Position: Special Session

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The legislature held a special session in December at which time we reduced the current budget shortfall by $480 million dollars. Some of these reductions came through legitimate reforms, and others were the implementation of one time savings. The good news is that some of the reforms from the last couple of years have resulted in a lower "caseload forecast." What that means is that fewer people are actually seeking government assistance. Some of this came about when we decided to replace cash grants with housing vouchers in public assistance programs. I strongly supported this move. If someone really needs housing or food, let's give them a hand, but simply handing out cash sometimes encourages drug addicts and alcoholics to continue self-destructive behavior and seek out public assistance. This wastes tax dollars, and ultimately takes assistance away those truly in need and who are trying to improve their lives.

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