Skip to comments.Michigan governor signs 48-month welfare limit [Gov. Rick Snyder - Republican]
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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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.
Didn’t Thompson put limits on this assistance years ago?
its a start....
Big tears-NOT. Let 'em get a job.
“Michigan governor signs 48-month welfare limit [Gov. Rick Snyder - Republican]”
Look for lots of "disability" scams. Verifying "disability" should be moved out of the grip of "social workers".
Tommy Thompson was Governor of Wisconsin.
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.
****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.
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
........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?
Fat chance making that stick. The uproar from the welfare lobby will be immense as time limits elapse.
I think that is pretty weak. Does anybody know how many disabilities there are? There are tons. As a Republican, he could do better.
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.
Sorry my bad.
in the military it’s called “mission creep”.
Sorry my bad. Was thinking of Engler.
They will just come to NY...
But I'm sure some ambulance chaser or ACLU type would sue over something.