Sunday, September 19, 2010

Paterson Vetoes HIV/AIDS housing bill.

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According to YNN, it looks like all that out of control spending in Albany hasn't left enough money in their coffers to push through a 20 million dollar bill that would help people living with HIV/AIDS by limiting the amount of rent they can be charged. This move, says advocates, will force more people living with AIDS and HIV into homelessness. It's no secret the cocktail of drugs needed to treat HIV/AIDS is costly, giving them a break on their rent sounds like a decent thing to do.
You could be a judgmental prick and take the moral high ground and claim that they got AIDS because they are sinful homosexuals, or drug users, or promiscuous whores who should be smote by God. But I'm going to just say that having friends who are HIV positive, I'm not going to bring religion into this. Nor am I going to play the part of good little 'fiscal' Conservative and say that this is a waste of money and should be left to charity work.
Of all the useless crap we spend money on, this is not one of those things. So far in the first month of the new tobacco taxes that Paterson signed in to law, New York lost 40 million in cigarette tax revenue, enough to pay for this housing program for two years. You are a liar and a crook Mr. Paterson. Help is on the way though, his name is Carl Paladino.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. David Paterson has vetoed a bill that would limit the rent that welfare recipients with AIDS and the HIV virus could be charged.
The Democratic governor calls it "the hardest veto" he's every issued, but says the state can't afford the $20 million yearly the program would cost.


Advocates say the veto will force more people suffering from AIDS and HIV into homelessness. They say the action also is counterproductive because caring for these people is far more expensive in homeless shelters than in their homes.
But Paterson says the bill just represents the latest admirable cause that can't be funded during the state's continued fiscal crisis.

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