LANSING (WWJ) – A new law signed by Governor Rick Snyder will limit the time a Michigan resident can receive welfare.

A stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits was signed into law on Tuesday by Gov. Snyder.

“We are returning cash assistance to its original intent as a transitional program to help families while they work toward self-sufficiency and also preserving our state’s integral safety net for families most in need,” Snyder said.

The governor said in a release sent Tuesday that the state will offer exemptions for those with a disability who can’t work or in certain other cases.

Gilda Jacobs, President & CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services: “With unemployment at nearly 11 percent and half of jobless people looking for work for six months or longer, we know that jobs are not readily available to absorb nearly 41,000 people leaving the state’s cash assistance safety net in October. The jobs just don’t exist.”

According to the Associated Press, state officials say they’re working with nonprofit organizations to direct welfare recipients to other services and provide a “soft landing” as they lose benefits.

The governor signed the legislation Tuesday, stating the state’s four-year limit on cash assistance will be more strictly enforced beginning Oct. 1.

More information on Welfare Reform here.

Comments (17)
  1. Trishalla Bell says:

    You know what; all of you aren’t but one step away from the welfare line yourself! LOL, now all of these companies that get tax breaks are not getting cut of their welfare! Corporate welfare! that’s right! We have seen tax break, after bail out, after tax break, after bail out! And we are going into a deeper recession! You mean to tell me, all of you poor people bashers in the State of Michigan think this is right! All of the corporate welfare that this state has sucked up, and has NOT produced any real entry level jobs, so people can leave the home and work! And let’s remember, welfare is only 1% of the budget. Your tax dollars are going to the biggest welfare kings and queens, CORPORATE AMERICA! WHO IS REALLY GETTING MORE, FAMILIES WHO ARE TRYING TO SURVIVE ON LESS THEN $500 DOLLARS MONTH OR CORPORATE COMPANIES THAT GET BAIL OUTS TO THE TUNE OF BILLIONS OF BILLIONS DOLLORS, YEAR AFTER YEAR, AND REALLY DON’T CREATE ANY JOBS! AND WHETHER YOU LIKE OR NOT THAT’S WERE MOST OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE GOING! AND YOU REALLY HAVE TO BE STUPID AND DUMB NOT TO SEE THAT! BUT FALL FOR THE OKE DOKE THAT THEY USE TO PIT AMERICAN ANGAINST AMERICAN! SO THAT WE WON’T STAND TOGETHER AS A REAL NATION AND FORCE THIS GOVERNMENT TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! BECAUSE SINCE “WELFARE REFORM” AND “TIME LIMITS” HAVE STARTED, I HAVE YET TO SEE A POLICTIAN BE BRAVE AND BOLD START A CAMPAIGN TO “PUT A TIME LIMIT ON ENDING POVERTY!” BUT GUESS WHAT, THE POLICTIANS ARE WITH CORPORATE AMERICA NOT US, SO THERE FOR IT IS UP TO US, TO MAKE THIS CHANGE!

    1. mabel says:

      Ouch, Trishalla…what a diatribe. Guess this means you’ll be lookin’ for a job?

  2. gaRY THOMAS says:

    It’s about time. Want a job? Look on Craigslist and have one today. Oh it does not pay enough? Tough.

    1. Megan says:

      EXACTLY!!!! This comment says it all. Amen to that.

  3. Eva says:

    My son is 21, lives on his own, works, and attends college. He is doing this without any finanical help of any sort from me, as I cannot afford to send my kids to college. He is barely making it, but is striving for better things. He lost his food stamp benefits when the State of Michigan decided to cancel benefits for ALL students. I can agree with this decision as it applies to those students whose college education is being funded by their parents and who are not working and who have money to spend. The benefits should still be afforded to those students who are extremely low income, working, and who are only in college thanks to the grants that they applied for so they could go. My son now does not have the resources to make sure he is nutritionally sound while he goes to college to better his life. If you want to make the cuts, cut those who are taking advantage and applying for benefits when they are already financially well-off.

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