Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

no money for poor anymoreTrump’s first major budget proposal will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits; it would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years that t could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade.

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The Legislature adjourns. Get ready for economic Nirvana

nirvana?  right!Highways may be dilapidated, but they will be jammed with employers flocking to the state. They will be drawn by the right-to-work bill that was the first order of business for the Republican supermajorities and Gov. Eric Greitens last winter. They will love the tax cuts that helped create a $500 million hole in the state budget, but all the economic growth that’s coming is going to fix that. Or so Republicans say.

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Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor

poor peopleUnder pressure to balance the budget and align with Trump, the House GOP has its eye on food stamps, welfare and perhaps even veterans’ benefits. House Republicans voted to slash hundreds of billions of dollars in health care for the poor now, they’re weighing a plan to take the scalpel to programs that provide meals to needy kids and housing and education assistance for low-income families.

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THE PAINFUL TRUTH ABOUT TEETH

mass dentistryYou can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth – visible reminders of the divide between rich and poor. The country is way too divided between well-off people and people struggling for everything — even to see the dentist. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter. Millions of others rely on charity clinics and hospital emergency rooms to treat painful and neglected teeth.

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