As this blogger has stated for several months, Yelm residents will be exposed to military and government cuts that will have a tremendous impact on this city and local businesses.
Lower spending here equates to lower tax receipts for the city.
The City of Yelm has done nothing for their residents during this downturn, except seize a citizens water rights, not provide an occupancy permit for a military couple’s 1/2 million dollar home and put a too-expensive Park Bond on the ballot a second time without a public hearing and without explanation of the 25 year maintenance/upkeep expenses.
News in recent days now provide evidence such IS the case:
– Another locally-owned business closes
” Rainier Hardware Closed for Good”
“Sequestration, Lingering Recession too Much to Overcome for Hometown Business”
“Rainier Hardware has been closed and dark since late August, and it will not re-open, said Dan Aschenbrenner, who owns the business with his wife, Sarah, and his parents, Bill and Sherry Freeman.”
“The family opened the hardware store in 2008, the year the nations economy tanked. They built a new 8,400-foot structure on the 2.9-acre plot on Binghamton Street Southeast. The economic climate since then has been tough,” quoting Nomee Landis in the Nisqually Valley News.
– “How Sequestration Gets Even Worse Next Year”
“In 2013, sequestrations automatic, across-the-board cuts shaved $85 billion from government programs, reducing overall spending from over $1 trillion to $986 billion. That figure will drop to $967 billion next year if sequestration remains in place. Meanwhile, the accounting gimmicks and emergency measures many agencies have used this year to shield programs from the harm wont be available any longer,” quoting Bryce Covert in Think Progress.
– “Families on food stamps to lose $36 per month”
“More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps awoke Friday [Nov. 1] to deal with the harsh reality that their benefits will decrease because emergency payments from the federal government to stimulate the economy have expired.
That decrease, which works out to about $36 a month for a family of four, could be just the first step in food allowance cuts. Congress is debating how to fund what is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, with Republicans seeking sharp reductions in the rapidly growing program.
While food prices vary around the country, what does a $36 cut represent in the pantry?
It roughly translates into a gallon of milk, a half-gallon of orange juice and a pound of bread a week in many areas. Or think of it as a weekly purchase of a 2-pound package of rice, a pound of dry beans, a pound of ground beef and a dozen eggs using national average costs,” quoting Michael Muskal in the Los Angeles Times.
Click here for more from NBC News.
– “Outcomes are key to the United Way campaign”
“No doubt, needs are great as incomes and job growth in South Sound have yet to fully recover from the 2008 Great Recession, especially for lower-income families. Here are some examples of problems still facing our community:
Nearly two-thirds of low-income children start kindergarten without the skills to be successful. Early childhood learning programs need United Way donor and volunteer support.
Almost 30 percent of families in Thurston County earning less than $35,000 deferred basic medical care because of cost from 2008 through 2010.
Thurston County has the third-highest rate of adverse childhood experiences among all counties in the state. ACEs are a powerful indicator of future disruptive social behaviors and poor health,” quoting The Olympian.
– UPDATE: November 7, 2013
“Food stamps critical for struggling families”
From The Olympian.