LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Residents involved thousands of Michigan welfare cases could lose benefits under a stricter, four-year lifetime limit that has received final approval in the Michigan legislature.

“On October 1st, some 12,000 welfare families that are now getting benefits will stop getting them at all. And, then, after four years, everyone else is supposedly off. Supposedly they will find a job in the interim,” said WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick.

The Republican-led House passed the legislation with 73-34 votes Wednesday mostly along party lines. The measures will go to Governor Rick Snyder.

The welfare limit already has been approved as part of the state budget that kicks in Oct. 1. Lawmakers plan to put the cap in a separate state statute to help implement the budget plan. The state’s current four-year limit on welfare benefits would expire Sept. 30 unless the Legislature revises or extends the limitations.

The revised welfare limits have fewer exemptions than the four-year limit now in state law.

Meantime, the Republican-led Senate has approved a proposal that would require many public employees with local governments and schools to pay 20-percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage. The measure now goes to the Republican-led House. (More on this, here).

Gov. Snyder is expected to sign both the bills.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments (8)
  1. mike says:

    If I get mugged by an effected person over this, I think I should have the option to have Snyder forced to meet me in the ring for a good arse whoop’n.

  2. jodi says:

    Well maybe now it will force some people who think it is a way of life to get a job. The program has its place but I see so much abuse of it, it makes me mad to see women dripping in gold yet they are on assistance and so is their whole family. About time there are limits.

  3. Kevin says:

    I agree with Jodi. I was forced into accepting State assistance when I was out of work for a period of two years. (I was only on the program for 16 months.) Instead of sitting back and living off of other people’s income, I got a student loan, went to school, completed 48 credit hours in 12 months, and found a new job 3 months later. (I also worked part time in retail.) I did all this as a single dad of three when I was 45 years old. So, boo-hoo to those who are gonna get cut off from the gravy train! Get out there and start contributing to this society, not sucking from it!

  4. Jenny says:

    It’s not so simple as just “get a job”. How are many of these people going to find jobs right now with the unemployment rate at this level? People with college degrees are taking retail jobs. You better hold on to your wallets and watch your back, because I guarantee you these people are gonna find a way to feed their kids somehow. Bing can say all he wants that he’s fed up with the crime in Detroit. It’s going to go up once this is in effect.

    The government can’t take away a safety net without a plan in place to empower people to better their own situation. They need to take some accountability for monitoring the system to make sure that it is not being abused so that the people who need it can still get it but the fraud is weeded out. They also need to invest more in programs to educate people so they can beat poverty and be productive members of society.

    It’s easy to sit in your suburban house and say “get a job” when you haven’t walked in the shoes of someone who has experienced REAL, CHRONIC poverty. I grew up in a poor family who needed welfare and had the “bail me out” mentality. But no one was there to teach them how to change their way of thinking. I busted my @$$ to get an education and live a better life. But I still have compassion for people who are caught in the cycle of poverty.

  5. Barbara says:

    I agree with Jenny. Stopping aid is not the answer. The .jobs are not there. . There does, however need to be more focus on making certain the money is going to those who legimately need it. The state cannot afford the aid but can they afford the consequences of more people seeking charity?

  6. sam hamilton says:

    I am a Detroit Landlord, I sure dont get an of this money and neither do the kids, thats an excuse. go to the casinos and youll see where all the cash assistance goes!!!!!!

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