Palin Slashed Funding for Teen Moms

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.

After the legislature passed a spending bill in April, Palin went through the measure reducing and eliminating funds for programs she opposed. Inking her initials on the legislation — “SP” — Palin reduced funding for Covenant House Alaska by more than 20 percent, cutting funds from $5 million to $3.9 million. Covenant House is a mix of programs and shelters for troubled youths, including Passage House, which is a transitional home for teenage mothers.

According to Passage House’s web site, its purpose is to provide “young mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives” and help teen moms “become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families.”

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Pot and Politics. Pretty much sums it up.

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  1. Danny the Red (hair) says:

    Right to Life but not support to get that life off to a good start.

    Where is her compassion.

  2. BlueCat says:

    The loudest advocates for fertilized eggs and embryos are generally the most stingy when it comes to society helping people after they are born and also the most willing to bomb, torture and execute children who have made it out of the womb. That’s where the sacredness of all life seems to end for many of them.

    Since so many of them oppose all funding to help single mom’s or poor couples who choose NOT to abort while also opposing birth control, it seems as if they must think sex is something you AND your offspring ought to be punished for unless you are affluent enough to raise an unlimited number of children.

  3. cologeek says:

    The reduction from $5 million to 3.9 million was still tripling what the Covenant House had received in 2006.  She only reduced what the Alaska State House was proposing to give them.

    Of course giving three times the money but reducing what was proposed in order to balance the state budget constitutes a “slash” using Democratic math.

  4. lazier51 says:

    Honestly where the hell did you come up with that?  If I am not mistaken it was your messiah who was the only one to vote against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA) and supports infanticide!

    Besides, it isn’t the governments job to bail you out of mistakes, that is why you turn to family and community for help.

    • redstateblues says:

      Banks, airlines, oil companies, or any of the other industries the Republicans have no problem bailing out. I guess ordinary citizens have to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but corporations can get all the handouts they need.

    • Bad summary.

      Obama did not vote on the BAIPA – he voted on an Illinois state version of the bill which differed from the Federal version.  The bill was opposed by the Illinois State Medical Society because it was too broadly worded in the circumstances under which a doctor could be sued.

      • Vicki Verdane says:

        The article is both incorrect and misleading. Check the facts:

        Covenant House Alaska grant income received from the State of Alaska:

        (2006) $1.2 million

        (2007) $1.3 million

        (2008) $3.9 million

        In 2008, Covenant House Alaska asked the state for $10 million to assist in the building of a new $22 million facility. The legislature appropriated $5 million, and Governor Palin used her line-item veto to limit this year’s grant INCREASE to $2.6 million (a total grant this year of $3.9 million). Additional money will be allocated for this capital expenditure project over the next few years, a phased-in grant rather than all the money at once.

        This was confirmed in a quote from the Executive Director of Covenant House Alaska, Deirdre Cronin:

        “Despite some press reports to the contrary, our operating budget was not reduced. Our $3.9 million appropriation is directed toward a multi-year capital project and it is our understanding that the state simply opted to phase in its support for this project over several years, rather than all at once in the current budget year.”

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