The state of Michigan can take away welfare benefits under a five-year federal limit even if recipients still might qualify for cash under state law, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Jackie Doig, of the Saginaw-based Center for Civil Justice, says only about 100 of the 11,000 families that lost benefits starting last October have had them restored, despite a March court order telling the state to do so.
The Michigan Supreme Court won’t immediately take up a case involving when welfare benefits can be ended.
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 federal court ruling has effectively blocked the state of Michigan from ending cash assistance welfare benefits for roughly 11,000 families.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is working to put a safety net in place for thousands of Detroiters cut off from receiving cash welfare payments.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is trying to help the thousands of families who were cut off from cash-assisted benefits this past weekend.
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.