Jamey Helgeson: Tell Congress to Support SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act – Austin Daily Herald

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides essential support to millions of people with disabilities and their families so they can meet basic necessities like food and rent. But it has many rules that make it difficult for people to save money and get out of poverty. SSI has an asset limit that has not been updated since 1989. Assets include money in bank accounts, property, and savings. Currently, people who get SSI can only have $2,000 in assets. Married couples can only have $3,000.

These asset limits mean people can’t save money and push people with disabilities into poverty. TAKE ACTION at Urge your U.S. Senators to support people with disabilities and their families by co-sponsoring the bipartisan SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act (S.4102) that would increase these asset limits .

What is frontline worker compensation?

To thank Minnesotans who worked on the front lines during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, Governor Tim Walz signed into law the Front Line Worker Payments Act on April 29, 2022, allowing these workers to apply for the payment of frontline workers. Application dates are June 8 to July 22, 2022. To see if you are eligible or to apply, please visit

Events to come

Tuesday: Picnic in the park, 5 p.m.

Wednesday: Walking Club, 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: Special Olympics Petanque, 6 p.m.

Saturday: Fishing day, 10 a.m.

June 28: Movie night, 6 p.m.

June 29: Special Olympics Bowling, 4:30 p.m.

June 30th : Special Olympics Softball, 6 p.m.