Wisconsin Public Schools identified 18,854 students as homeless, and the Beloit School District identified 611 students as homeless, during the 2018 and 19 school year.
Despite these numbers, the Republican Joint Finance Committee will not pass legislation to increase homeless prevention funding, assist shelter programs, and increase case management services. Like Scrooge, they don't want to waste money on paupers. If children are shivering while sleeping on cold streets this winter, or struggling to keep up with their school work, it is not their concern.
I'm hoping the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come will visit members of the Republican Joint Finance Committee this holiday season to remind them in January 2020, when they review homeless legislation again, that it is as important to take care of the most vulnerable citizens of our state along with our most financially secure neighbors.
Let the Enlightened Spirit of Scrooge light all of our hearts this holiday season to reach out and actively support the homeless in our communities.