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Michigan governor signs 48-month welfare limit [Gov. Rick Snyder - Republican]
Associated Press ^ | 9-6-11 | KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN

Posted on 09/07/2011 9:50:53 AM PDT by Justaham

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed into law a stricter, four-year lifetime limit on cash welfare benefits, prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1.

Michigan's first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can't work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don't qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.

Some recipients who are the victims of domestic violence also may be temporarily exempted.

"We are returning cash assistance to its original intent as a transitional program to help families while they work toward self-sufficiency," Snyder said in a statement. He noted that the state still will help the poor by offering food stamps, health care coverage through Medicaid, child care and emergency services.

Then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, signed a bill that created a four-year limit starting in 2007. But that law exempted many welfare recipients, including those whose caseworkers said they were making progress toward finding employment.

The 2010 election of Snyder and the simultaneous Republican takeover of the Michigan House gave the GOP a free hand to set its own course on public assistance.

The change gives Michigan the Midwest's toughest welfare time limit, according to a survey by The Detroit News. It said there are five-year limits in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Indiana has a two-year limit for adults — but none for children.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: freecheese; limit; welfare

1 posted on 09/07/2011 9:50:56 AM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Forget cash assistance, set up bunks in some old govt building and have 3 meals of soup. See how quick they get on their feet, or at least go stay on someone else’s couch.


2 posted on 09/07/2011 9:52:35 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: Justaham

Didn’t Thompson put limits on this assistance years ago?


3 posted on 09/07/2011 9:53:04 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Justaham

its a start....


4 posted on 09/07/2011 9:53:17 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Justaham
prompting advocates for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1.

Big tears-NOT. Let 'em get a job.

5 posted on 09/07/2011 9:54:09 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Justaham

“Michigan governor signs 48-month welfare limit [Gov. Rick Snyder - Republican]”

DAT’S RAYCISS!


6 posted on 09/07/2011 9:54:09 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: Justaham
Michigan's first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can't work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child

Look for lots of "disability" scams. Verifying "disability" should be moved out of the grip of "social workers".

7 posted on 09/07/2011 9:54:15 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: headstamp 2

Tommy Thompson was Governor of Wisconsin.


8 posted on 09/07/2011 9:56:42 AM PDT by Friend of the Friendless (R-Illinois)
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To: God luvs America

Agreed, but just damn, why should anyone get even 48 months? (Yes, I realize that was the compromise, and that conservatives wanted it cut to even fewer months.) I’d say 36 lifetime months, with no more than 12 months in a given 3-year period.


9 posted on 09/07/2011 9:56:52 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: PapaBear3625

****Verifying “disability” should be moved out of the grip of “social workers”.****

A social worker tried to get my mom on welfare years ago. Mom did not want it and the social worker told her that the more people she got on welfare the better job security the social worker had.

Mom died years ago never having been on welfare or geting food stamps.


10 posted on 09/07/2011 9:59:56 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name. See my home page, if you dare! NEW PHOTOS & PAINTINGS)
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To: rokkitapps

I would like to hear a good plan put forth by someone to make drastic cuts in welfare but how do you go about it?

The progressives have created a time bomb


11 posted on 09/07/2011 10:04:17 AM PDT by winodog
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To: Justaham

........So.....I get only 48 months of welfare, plus the state 18 weeks of unemployment, plus the federal extention of 99 weeks of unemployment, ........and thats all I get?

That is only 6 1/2 years!

How the heck can I get a job with 6 1/2 years of blank on my resume?

How long do I have to wait until the SSI monthly checks start coming?


12 posted on 09/07/2011 10:04:31 AM PDT by CGalen
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To: Justaham

Fat chance making that stick. The uproar from the welfare lobby will be immense as time limits elapse.


13 posted on 09/07/2011 10:06:18 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Justaham
Michigan's first-year Republican chief executive said the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can't work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don't qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.

I think that is pretty weak. Does anybody know how many disabilities there are? There are tons. As a Republican, he could do better.

14 posted on 09/07/2011 10:07:30 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Justaham
for the poor to warn that tens of thousands of residents will find themselves without cash assistance on Oct. 1.

That's the whole point of it. They will have to actually WORK for a some of their luxuries. Expect beer sales, scratch off lotto ticket sales, tobacco sales, red box video rentals, and wine sales to slump starting Oct 1.

15 posted on 09/07/2011 10:08:31 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Friend of the Friendless

Sorry my bad.


16 posted on 09/07/2011 10:09:08 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: headstamp 2

in the military it’s called “mission creep”.


17 posted on 09/07/2011 10:09:16 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy with a teleprompter)
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To: headstamp 2

Sorry my bad. Was thinking of Engler.


18 posted on 09/07/2011 10:10:31 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Justaham

They will just come to NY...


19 posted on 09/07/2011 10:12:34 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: rokkitapps
I've always thought shuttered military bases, with the barrack and canteen facilities already there would be good locations to house homeless/welfare/natural disaster victims/etc.

But I'm sure some ambulance chaser or ACLU type would sue over something.

20 posted on 09/07/2011 10:16:19 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Perry/Bachmann 2012 - they can share hair care products.)
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To: RnMomof7
They will just come to NY...

Good. Let NYers see what the consequences of sending leftist scum to Kongress are. Let their state and local taxes double

21 posted on 09/07/2011 10:20:24 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: rokkitapps

I absolutely agree. If it weren’t so attractive for so many to live using our only our money, the would be a lot less “needy” people. Dorm living would separate out pretty quickly as to who is just lazy and who really needs the help.


22 posted on 09/07/2011 10:26:45 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: CGalen

If you have six and a half years blank on your resume. Employers think you were in jail.


23 posted on 09/07/2011 10:27:41 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: from occupied ga

Please.. we are already run by leftists.. and we are the welfare capital ... the Dems love to attract the welfare crowd..


24 posted on 09/07/2011 10:31:50 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: pogo101

You wonder why people would even get 48 months. Yes it is pretty good set up that everyone could be guaranteed a 4 year paid vacation each lifetime.


25 posted on 09/07/2011 10:34:45 AM PDT by scannell
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To: pogo101

You wonder why people would even get 48 months. Yes it is pretty good set up that everyone could be guaranteed a 4 year paid vacation each lifetime.


26 posted on 09/07/2011 10:34:58 AM PDT by scannell
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To: rokkitapps
"Forget cash assistance, set up bunks in some old govt building and have 3 meals of soup. See how quick they get on their feet, or at least go stay on someone else’s couch."

A quicker way...drug testing.

Fail one test, immediate termination of all benefits.

This policy should be implemented right after the one that tests all elected politicians for drugs too.

27 posted on 09/07/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT by blam
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To: Justaham

IIRC, Pawlenty tried this in MN and The Court said it was somehow unconstitutional.

That’s probably what’ll end up happing here once the ACLU and “welfare rights” crowd get involved.


28 posted on 09/07/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: Justaham

I’d love to see this nationwide without any add ons.Welfare reform was a good idea but they never should’ve allowed the provision that if you had a child under the age of 2 into it.All that did was tell welfare Mom’s to keep having kids to stay on the dole.Two years on any assistance is enough for anyone!


29 posted on 09/07/2011 10:54:58 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Justaham

Did he ever abandon that stupid new bridge prokect? Was he in someone’s pocket for that thing? All that time and effort to pass something totaly useless


30 posted on 09/07/2011 11:00:39 AM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: Justaham

RINO Snyder finally did something good? Holy Sh%t.


31 posted on 09/07/2011 11:04:13 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (I am not lead by any politician. I am my own leader.)
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To: Justaham

“whose caseworkers said they were making progress toward finding employment”

‘making progress’ in four years? I should hope so.


32 posted on 09/07/2011 11:04:35 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Justaham

I would like to see drug testing on welfare recipients too. If they can find drugs (& pay for them) they can find a job.


33 posted on 09/07/2011 11:06:31 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Justaham

That’s RAAACISSST!


34 posted on 09/07/2011 11:21:58 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Justaham

I guess Greyhound buses headed to New York and Massachusetts will be booked solid


35 posted on 09/07/2011 11:31:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: RnMomof7

Leftism works until you run out of other peoples’ money to spend. Looks like there are still a few of you there who haven’t had everything taken by the state - yet. But cheer up they may move to Maine instead.


36 posted on 09/07/2011 11:34:48 AM PDT by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: napscoordinator

If Jesus Christ walked the world today I feel sure you would evaluate his work and say, “he could do better.”


37 posted on 09/07/2011 11:57:32 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: massgopguy

That would be good! Bo’s fixing to make them a protected class!

/sarc


38 posted on 09/07/2011 1:31:37 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: CGalen
you forgot you food stamps and housing assistance.......
39 posted on 09/07/2011 1:36:19 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: Justaham

“the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can’t work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don’t qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.”

sheesh you could drive a truck through these loopholes.


40 posted on 09/08/2011 4:57:43 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: Justaham

“the state will offer exemptions to the limit for those with a disability who can’t work, those who care for a disabled spouse or child and those who are 65 or older and don’t qualify for Social Security benefits or receive very low benefits.”

sheesh you could drive a truck through these loopholes.


41 posted on 09/08/2011 4:57:49 AM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: rokkitapps

I think welfare should be dependent on willingness to do community service.

If you want welfare, work for the state, counties and cities.

The best part is that it would pit the welfare crowd against the public service unions.


42 posted on 09/08/2011 5:00:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
I guess Greyhound buses headed to New York and Massachusetts will be booked solid.

Damn. Now you have me wanting to stand along the outbound lane at the state line waving a hanky.
43 posted on 09/08/2011 5:02:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a Permenant Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: pogo101
I’d say 36 lifetime months, with no more than 12 months in a given 3-year period.

You don't believe four generations of welfare is fair?

You're just angry & mean!

44 posted on 09/08/2011 6:13:37 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: napscoordinator
Does anybody know how many disabilities there are?

Being a drunk and/or a doper are now disabilities, right? Should be easy to qualify.

45 posted on 09/08/2011 6:16:34 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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