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Duluth's Poor Slam County Officials

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January 4, 1999
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Duluth, MN - Members of Low Income People Organizing For Power confronted St. Louis County Commissioners, December 15, at the County Courthouse. They demanded that the Commissioners call a public hearing on abuses with the state's new welfare law, Minnesota Family Investment Plan - Statewide (MFIP-S).

"We are here today to tell you that MFIP-S is doing terrible things to families in St. Louis County," said Derrick Parker of LIPOP.

Since the new welfare law went into effect, many low income St. Louis county residents have charged that there is a pattern of discrimination and abuse against people receiving public assistance.

County Commissioners are trying to avoid a public hearing by claiming there are other routes for low income people to pursue. "As commissioners of St Louis County you should want to know what's going on with the new welfare reform program and you should want to hear from the people that are affected," said Parker.

LIPOP will continue to press their demands at a January 13th protest.