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Governor’s Policy is Good for Economy, Society

October 3, 2018

In a letter published in this newspaper on Sept. 28, the writer asked the question “Governor, please explain the logic” regarding Baker’s position that prohibiting immigrants who are receiving public assistance from getting a green card would be bad for our economy.

I would like to respond to explain the logic. When the government uses our tax money to provide housing or other services it doesn’t help drive the economy. Paying a voucher for someone’s room rent doesn’t create a lot of jobs except for the person keeping track of the vouchers.

But when government uses our tax money to pay “some amount” of money directly to the person or family in the form of food stamps or cash equivalent assistance, the recipient can use it to purchase goods or services. That transaction creates consumption, which creates demand, which creates jobs, which works toward keeping the unemployment rate low and which helps drive the economy. And, it creates opportunities for this group to earn their way out of poverty. I suspect this is what Governor Baker may have been thinking, and why as a Democrat, I firmly support him.

There will always be bad people but that is no reason to stop helping those who need it. There will always be fraud, but that is no reason to stop helping those who need it. As the saying goes -- Do good anyway. There are many stories of people who grew up poor and how assistance changed their lives and they now are returning the favor. All in all there are way more good people than bad.

It has been said a civilization can be judged by how people treat their old, their poor, and their sick. Helping people up is always good for the economy and society. Plus, it just feels better.

STEVEN LEBLANC

Fitchburg

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