A Michigan man who drew attention for continuing to accept food aid from the state even though he won big in a state lottery game has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.
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.
An undetermined number of Michigan’s nearly 2 million food assistance recipients will lose the help under new eligibility requirements the state will begin using in October.
The state continues to defend its action to remove 30,000 Michigan college students from food stamp rolls.
Michigan has removed about 30,000 college students from its food assistance program since it began enforcing federal guidelines this spring.
Michigan will get $3.3 million from the federal government for its past work toward stopping errors in state-administered portions of the food assistance program.
Despite winning the $2 million jackpot on Michigan Lottery’s “Make Me Rich” TV show, an Auburn man continues to collect state aid.
These welfare funds are meant to feed needy families, but officials say some Bridge Card users have been caught spending taxpayer money on vacation.
A Detroit market and three people have been charged in a scheme to milk the food stamp program.
Michigan plans to change when many Bridge Card users get their benefits as part of a way to help improve the availability of fresh food and keep grocers better stocked.