Tennessee Lawmaker Wants to Tie Welfare Benefits to Good Grades

From Fox News:

A Tennessee lawmaker is pushing a controversial new bill that would tie welfare benefits to students’ performance in school.

Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield last week introduced the legislation, which calls for the state to cut welfare benefits to parents whose kids don’t do well in class. Critics are already panning the proposal as unfair, and one that could hurt students in the end — but Campfield is defending his idea, which he says would force parents to take a more active role in their children’s education

“We’re not asking children to re-write the Magna Carta,” Campfield told FoxNews.com Monday. “A D-minus gets you through.”

But state Senate Democratic Leader Jim Kyle told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the bill would “stack the deck against at-risk children.”

“How does Sen. Campfield expect a child to do his homework when there is no food on the dinner table?” he said.

College Degree for Children Born in 2013 Could Cost $140,000

From Macleans:

The cost of a four-year university degree for a child born in 2013 could rise to more than $140,000 due to tuition inflation, a new study says.

But three-quarters of parents with children under 18 haven’t made a detailed estimate of the total cost of post-secondary education, said BMO’s Wealth Institute in a report released on Wednesday.

Tuition and other costs for a four-year university degree now can cost more than $60,000, the report said.

“I think that for most people if you tell them that tuition has increased two or three times the rate of inflation they will be surprised at that,” said BMO’s Caroline Dabu.

This can leave parents unprepared for the costs and students with hefty loans to pay back when they graduate, Dabu said from Toronto.

Over the last five years, the average annual inflation rate has been 1.6 per cent while tuition inflation was 3.9 per cent, the bank said.

Woman Fired For Being Homeless

But the manager says if ever makes enough money to get a home, he’ll hire her. WTF?

A Tupelo woman hired earlier this month by a KFC was fired Monday after the franchise owner discovered she’s homeless.

Eunice Jasica has been staying at the Salvation Army lodge since early December after losing her job, her car and her home.

The nonprofit organization requires its residents to seek employment daily and, upon finding it, to pay for lodging and start saving for a place of their own. Jasica said she had been job hunting for months and was relieved to find work on March 11 at the KFC on North Gloster Street.

A document signed by that location’s general manager on March 12 confirms Jasica had been hired to perform “prep work” and would receive a paycheck every two weeks.

But when Jasica reported for duty Monday, franchise owner Chesley Ruff withdrew the job offer upon learning she lived at the Salvation Army.

“He told me to come back when I had an address and transportation,” Jasica recalled. “But how am I supposed to get all that without a job?”

Tripadvisaargh

A collection of the best (meaning the funniest, craziest… Basically the stuff we want to see on this blog) reviews from TripAdvisor:

our first night sitting on the outside pool area having a drink and unwinding from our travel, we got spewed upon from someone in their balcony – lucky2659
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You should only go if you like butterflies and want to see them up close. Otherwise a real waste of time and money. – Dave D

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The new manager walked into me and my wife’s room at 11:30PM without knocking. THEN, we stayed again with our pretty female employee’s in the next two rooms. He walked in their rooms while they were showering. THERE IS A PATTERN HERE. This motel has made 1000’s of my dollars in the past. I will never stay here again with the new people managing it. – 781Jimmy