Michigan GOP lead Senate
approve a strict 48-Month
limit to women and children
welfare benefits. Gov. Snyder
is expected to sign after state
GOP House approval.
“Do we know what we’re doing and do we know the people who will be impacted?” asked Senator Morris Hood (D-Detroit) on Ann Arbor.com, “What’s going to happen to these folks? Has anyone thought of that?”
The bill tightens a 2006 benefits cap that allowed extensions, if a recipient was in job training or unable to work. Current benefit payees, who are already past 48 month timeline, will be cut from the Family Independent Agency program on October 1st.
“They’re in situations not of their own doing and they require care,” said Sen. Judy Emmons (R-Sheridan).
“Some would say they were very lenient in how they gave extensions,” said Emmons, chairwoman of the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee. “No one ever expected it to be a lifetime entitlement. Hopefully we protected the most vulnerable. That was the goal.”
The measure is now on its way to the Republican controlled state House, where approval is expected.
The Department of Human Services-Family Independence Program current caseload is about 82,000. After October, the benefit recipients’ rolls would drop to 70,000 and save the state $77 million, Republicans express. Advocates for single women with children, said the strict time limits would place vulnerable children at risk because economic conditions or personal barriers prevented their parents from becoming self-supportive.
The soon-to-be enacted 48 month limit in welfare benefits adds to the pain of Michigan poorest citizens and children, under leadership of the states’ Republican super-majority in the House, Senate and governor office with Rick Snyder.
Caseworkers at local DHS offices are starting informally; to notify recipients set to be impacted by the soon-to-be signed 48-month time limit, to prepare for the change.