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Listening Session for Strengthening Middle Class Wednesday

August 26th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

On Wednesday from 3:00 – 7:00pm at the Allegany College Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Delegate Mike McKay (District 1C) as a member of the House of Delegates Study Group on Economic Stability, will host a listening session with service providers and citizens of Western Maryland about their experiences with public assistance and ideas of how best to strengthen the middle class in Maryland.  The listening session is part of a series of events hosted by the Study Group taking place across the state this summer to hear directly from front-line service providers and citizens that rely on public assistance. Mckay tells WCBC News that the first portion of the session will feature professionals from the social services agencies..

5 Responses to “Listening Session for Strengthening Middle Class Wednesday”

  1. August 26, 2019 at 6:34 am, mac said:

    Only in this area would an individual who relies on public assistance be considered to be middle class.


  2. August 26, 2019 at 8:43 am, Ed Dodrill said:

    Sounds like the state has once again created a workshop with too many topics that are not related.


  3. August 26, 2019 at 9:03 am, David said:

    Completely agree with you mac! I thought maybe I had lost my reasoning abilities when I read that!


    • August 26, 2019 at 11:46 am, mac said:

      > It’s probably some kind of dodge to tout the wealth of the local population by declaring everyone collecting food stamps to be a middle class resident.
      There’s no reason that everyone in the general public should know what all locals know, that this is a depressed area with low incomes and not much hope of that changing.
      Come visit beautiful Cumberland and ride the steam powered train, which is actually a diesel locomotive and enjoy a middle class community, which actually isn’t.


  4. August 27, 2019 at 6:23 am, mac said:

    It’s similar to the way that the unemployment rate numbers are kept artificially low.
    In order to be considered unemployed a person has to be out of work and have been actively looking for work in the past 4 weeks.
    If an individual has not been actively seeking work in the past 4 weeks their name is removed from the labor pool numbers.
    How many others have been out of work for 6,8,or 12 months? They may not even be considered as unemployed.
    According to the above item they will still be middle class citizens if they rely on public assistance.
    It’s all a game of words and numbers.


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