Minneapolis, Minnesota – State Rep. Frank Hornstein concluded a weeklong tour of non-profit organizations in and near his legislative district that are feeling the effects of the state government shutdown. Hornstein’s visits included the Minnesota AIDS Project, Neighborhood Involvement Program, Planned Parenthood, and the Southwest Senior Center. Hornstein met with staff, clients and constituents associated with these organizations.
“I am extremely proud of the work these vital agencies provide," Hornstein said. “They are doing heroic work in the midst of very difficult circumstance.”
Hornstein cited a particular image at the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) that spoke to the current situation.
“MAP was forced to lay off or reduce hours for 47 out of its 57 of its staff members,” said Hornstein. “I saw row and after row of empty desks which are normally filled with staff members providing essential support and benefit counseling to people living with AIDS.”
At the Neighborhood Involvement Program (NIP), Hornstein also heard stories of staff cut backs to dental clinics serving low income and working poor families in South Minneapolis.
“This community clinic patches the holes in the social service safety net,” said Hornstein. “They provide needed clinical health care and other services to families and children in need.”
Similarly, at the Planned Parenthood south Minneapolis office, Hornstein heard stories of devastating budget cuts at both the federal and state levels.
“The shutdown is affecting pregnancy prevention outreach services to low income women and women of color,” said Hornstein. “Congressional budget actions also recently forced closure of several Planned Parenthood clinics in Greater Minnesota.”
Hornstein’s final stop will be this afternoon at the Southwest Senior Center at 1:00 pm. The center provides a number of support services for elderly and disabled residents of Southwest Minneapolis.
“What is clear from my visits this week is that we must end this shutdown as soon as possible,” said Hornstein. “And we need to end it in such a way that the worst of the Republican budget cuts are alleviated.”
Hornstein continues to strongly support Governor Dayton’s effort to compromise and his balanced approach that includes new revenue to offset deep cuts to the kinds of agencies he visited this week.
Contact information for staff and others Hornstein visited are available upon request.