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Old September 7th, 2011, 07:15 AM   #1
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Legislation that puts in place a more strict 48-month time limit on cash assistance benefits was signed into law today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“We are returning cash assistance to its original intent as a transitional program to help families while they work toward self-sufficiency and also preserving our state’s integral safety net for families most in need,” Snyder said in a statement. “Affected recipients are able-bodied and have had at least four – some as long as 14 or more – years to transition to independence.”

Tighter enforcement of the four-year limit begins on Oct. 1 and some 11,000 households will lose their $500-a-month benefit. The Department of Human Resources is scheduling appointments with affected families to extend housing and job placement assistance for three months to those actively seeking employment.

Exempt from the limit, which received final legislative approval Aug. 24, are those who have a disability and are unable to work, those caring for a disabled spouse or child, those who are 65 and older who receive little or no Social Security benefits. Victims of domestic violence that required the assistance of law enforcement may also be temporarily exempted.

Recipients who lose cash benefits will remain eligible for food assistance, Medicaid health care, child care and emergency services.

DHS Director Maura Corrigan said the agency is partnering with non-profit groups to provide recipients with a “soft landing” during the transition.

The four-year limit was first signed into law in 2006 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but DHS caseworkers had leeway to authorize exemptions. The measure is estimated save the 2012 state budget about $65 million.

The new law also allows families on the rolls to earn more money on the job while still receiving benefits. In the past, families that earned more than $814 a month could no longer qualify for cash assistance. The new limit on earned income is $1,164.

“Michigan continues to face financial challenges, and the fiscal reality is that we cannot afford to provide lifetime cash assistance to recipients who are able to work,” Corrigan said. “Enforcing lifetime limits for cash assistance ensures that available funds are targeted toward those recipients who need a helping hand while they find employment.”

Advocates for the poor said imposing time limits might have made sense when Michigan’s employment picture was brighter. Losers under the legislation, they say, nearly 30,000 children whose parents will have find work in a much tough job climate.

“With unemployment at nearly 11 percent and half of jobless people looking for work for six months or longer, we know that jobs are not readily available to absorb nearly 41,000 people leaving the state’s cash assistance safety net in October," said Gilda Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Human Services. "The jobs just don’t exist. It will be a hard, hard winter for many of these families.’’


Contact Peter Luke at 517-487-8888 ext. 235 or email him at pluke@boothmichigan.com.


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Old September 7th, 2011, 07:20 AM   #2
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Old September 7th, 2011, 07:22 AM   #3
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Old September 7th, 2011, 08:06 AM   #4
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Old September 7th, 2011, 09:02 AM   #6
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Wait, they are losing just the cash benefit? And people are still complaining? I was under the impression they were getting dumped completely which I was a big fan of...
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"Recipients who lose cash benefits will remain eligible for food assistance, Medicaid health care, child care and emergency services."

Didn't pull the food from the feeder, nobody's going to leave the state
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"The four-year limit was first signed into law in 2006 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but DHS caseworkers had leeway to authorize exemptions. The measure is estimated save the 2012 state budget about $65 million."

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somehow the above qoute from the origional article has been overlooked or completely lost and gov snyder gets to wear the brown helmet for being the evil perp of this 'travisty'.

you 'enforce' a law someone else enacted and you're a scum-bag!

so much for fairness in reporting and an inquistive press.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 09:57 AM   #12
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"The four-year limit was first signed into law in 2006 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, but DHS caseworkers had leeway to authorize exemptions. The measure is estimated save the 2012 state budget about $65 million."

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somehow the above qoute from the origional article has been overlooked or completely lost and gov snyder gets to wear the brown helmet for being the evil perp of this 'travisty'.

you 'enforce' a law someone else enacted and you're a scum-bag!

so much for fairness in reporting and an inquistive press.

I saw that too and was actually impressed that Jenny tried to start it going.
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Oh man, people are going to really want to recall him now. That's fine with me because he's doing what need to be done.

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If you keep getting free (to you) money, why get a job?

There are plenty of jobs out there. People just aren't desperate enough. They have to have "that job" or nothing else. I have no college degree and I've been steadily employed for 6 years now. Close to 4 or 5 jobs. Two of them being almost 5 years and the others being extra jobs to pay off a few big items. I've never looked for a new job or side job for longer then 2 weeks.
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I was just thinking that my van will be broken into more often now.

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Yes, then people like me will buy their undervalued property and sell it for a profit later when WE return this state to a profit center Don't let the door hit them in the ass on the way out!


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In Muskegon County, more than 600 residents will lose their cash assistance beginning next week.

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It's definatly tough out there. When I was unemployed, I handed out dozens of resumes and had no response. I even dumbed down my resume by taking my education off. I eventually found work by making a cold call to Fraza Forklift. It was a great place but I didn't last very long because of my bipolar reaction to some of the work. I tried to work with the company about my issues but they could not do it. Fraza is a great company and we had a very amicable split once I explained my hospital stay.

After the split, I decided to open up my repair shop in Auburn. I also found a weekend tow truck driving job. Jobs are hard to find but they're out there.
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So you're telling me I could have lived the last 14 years without having to work? WTF was I thinking busting my arse at work every day.
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