Federal agents say several people are facing fraud charges after a raid at Detroit’s Eastern Market yielded a handful of arrests over illegal use of Michigan’s Bridge Card.
A bill has passed in the Senate that would require those receiving a cash assistance to do community service.
Are Michigan welfare recipients using state funds to pay for strippers?
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.
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.
More than 3,500 lottery winners in Michigan received public assistance last year or lived with people on welfare, food stamps or other aid, a state agency reported earlier this week.
The Michigan departments of State Police and Human Services say they resolved 1,994 felony arrest warrants during a joint initiative to make sure felons don’t collect welfare.
The Michigan House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to crack down on welfare abuse.
Michigan lawmakers are planning to consider a bill that would require welfare applicants and recipients to pass drug tests.
Federal authorities became suspicious: How could a small Hamtramck grocery ring up nearly $1 million in food-aid redemptions in just six months?