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Ficano Concerned About Those Soon Without State Aid

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Notices are going out to thousands of Michiganders telling them that their welfare is nearing an end.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting reported that, without question, Wayne County will be impacted by this change.

She spoke, Wednesday, with Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano.

“Well, I think that one of the concerns is that’s generally money that they put into the economic system,” said Ficano. “They go into stores, they buy things like that so it is a concern.”

Ficano is also concerned about the way some people may react to being without their welfare checks.

“We hope that it doesn’t lead to more crime because people become more desperate, but I think at this point, the logical thing to do is simply make sure that people are made available to all the services that are there.  They may be cut off from welfare, but there are other services.  We may be able to help them.”

The notices come at the same time the state is revamping how it hands out assistance. The move could affect nearly 14,000 families who had secured an extension on the 5-year federal limit to receive benefits.

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