In Michigan, a bill that would require a clean drug test as a condition of cash assistance eligibility is pending in the state House. The measure does not specify suspicion-based testing and appears to be broader, potentially applying to all applicants.
A Michigan lawmaker wants to link welfare benefits to a clean drug test.
Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday the state is reassessing a decision to consider vehicles as assets under the food stamp program after some applicants complained they were denied assistance merely because of cars they use to get to school or job interviews.
A group that sparked a court order to temporarily halt a round of cuts in Michigan’s welfare program has lost a bid to extend the delay.
A new law that effects thousands of people in Michigan kicked in Saturday. The law puts a four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits for 41,000 people, about 30,000 of which are children.
Area food banks and other places that help the hungry could be getting busier soon, as the state’s lifetime welfare limits take effect Saturday.
Under a new law, about 41,000 Michigan residents will lose their cash assistance. Aout 30,000 of those people are children.
A state representative from Macomb County called legislation passed by the Michigan House that limits the use of welfare assistance a “common sense” decision.
Welfare recipients would not be able to use their state-issued debit cards to draw cash from casino ATMs or buy lottery tickets, alcohol and tobacco under new legislation.
The state continues to defend its action to remove 30,000 Michigan college students from food stamp rolls.