Grim Reality: Weak Economy Is Draining Funds For Indigent Burials

Dry statistics may signal that the economy is slowing getting better. But in real life — and, in death, it appears — things are still very hard for too many people.

From Minneapolis, the Star Tribune writes today that "in some Minnesota localities, as in many other places around the country, indigent and county-assisted burials have been on the rise in the last couple of years as economic conditions have worsened."

In Minnesota's Hennepin County along, the newspaper says, this year authorities "will spend about $1.2 million on indigent burials and funerals, about $250,000 more than was budgeted, said Curt Haats, chief financial officer for the county's Human Services and Public Health Department."

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