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Michigan House OKs Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

Supporters say the measure is designed to break the cycle of poverty by helping drug users find treatment. But opponents say it’s all just a punitive attack on low income individuals who rely on state assistance to get by.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/02/2013

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Lawmakers Back Changes To Welfare Benefits

Some low-income Michigan families would have to pass drug tests and make sure their children don’t miss too many days of school in order to qualify for welfare benefits, under legislation being considered by the state Legislature.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/22/2013

Bill Requires Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

Michigan lawmakers are planning to consider a bill that would require welfare applicants and recipients to pass drug tests.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/13/2013

No Food Stamps For Prisoners Under New State Law

Michigan has a new law making it illegal for prison inmates to participate in the state’s food stamp program.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/06/2012

Appeals Court Says Mich. 5-Year Welfare Limit OK

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/28/2012

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DHS, Center Differ On How Fast Welfare Reinstated

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/23/2012

DPS Loses $4.2M In State Aid For Bad Attendance

The Detroit Public Schools district has lost millions of dollars in state aid after attendance fell below 75 percent on 10 days during the 2010-11 school year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/12/2012

Michigan Welfare Case Stays With Court of Appeals

The Michigan Supreme Court won’t immediately take up a case involving when welfare benefits can be ended.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/14/2012

Michigan Welfare Drug Testing Proposal Debated

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/05/2012

Economic Security Bulletin: Food Aid Up, Unemployment Down

The latest Economic Security Bulletin shows that food aid in Michigan rose in the third quarter of 2011 compared with the third quarter of 2010, with nearly 967,000 people in Michigan using the Food Assistance Program.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/25/2011

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