maura corrigan http://michiganradio.org en Hundreds of Michigan lottery winners lose their welfare benefits http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-michigan-lottery-winners-lose-their-welfare-benefits <p>The state kicked more than 500 people off food assistance and other welfare programs over the past 12 months because they won the Lottery.</p><p>But, a member of Governor Rick Snyder’s cabinet wants thousands more people be kicked off public assistance because of their Lottery winnings.<br><br>A new report says 14% of Lottery winners in Michigan live in a household where someone is on public assistance. There’s a law that requires the state to check the name of everyone who wins more than a thousand dollars against the rolls for many programs.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:19:36 +0000 Rick Pluta 12148 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds of Michigan lottery winners lose their welfare benefits Commentary: Making foster care better for kids http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-making-foster-care-better-kids <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4">Recently, I served as the master of ceremonies at the Council on American Islamic Relations annual banquet in Dearborn.</font></font></font></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:50:09 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7195 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Making foster care better for kids Court says some welfare recipients in Michigan wrongly cut off http://michiganradio.org/post/court-says-some-welfare-recipients-michigan-wrongly-cut <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A judge says some Michigan welfare recipients protected from losing benefits under state law can&#39;t be cut off because they exceed federal limits.</p><p>Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Geoffrey Neithercut ruled Tuesday that state Department of Human Services director Maura Corrigan &quot;exceeded her authority&quot; by ending benefits for most welfare recipients once they reached the five-year federal limit.</p><p>Michigan lawmakers in 2007 adopted a four-year limit that had several exceptions, then approved stricter enforcement last year.</p><p>The four-year limit doesn&#39;t include months where a parent is needed at home to care for a disabled child or other family member, but those months count under the federal limit.</p><p>Neithercut says the state can&#39;t deny benefits to those who haven&#39;t reached the four-year state cap.</p><p>The department says it&#39;s reviewing the decision. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:15:41 +0000 The Associated Press 6816 at http://michiganradio.org Fight brewing over Detroit's troubled Human Services Department http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-brewing-over-detroits-troubled-human-services-department <p>A fight is brewing between the Detroit City Council, Mayor Dave Bing, and the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012203030349">State officials say</a> the Detroit Department of Human Services is so corrupt and incompetent it should no longer handle federal funds.</p><p>They want the Detroit City Council to agree to that. But the Council wants to hear more specifics&mdash;and a request from Mayor Dave Bing&mdash;before they act.</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:36:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6528 at http://michiganradio.org Fight brewing over Detroit's troubled Human Services Department Food Assistance: Losing the Lottery http://michiganradio.org/post/food-assistance-losing-lottery <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">My favorite new magazine is nice to look at, isn&rsquo;t printed on paper, and has eye-opening new information about our state twice a week. It&rsquo;s called Bridge, and it is published online by the non-partisan, non-profit Center for Michigan in Ann Arbor.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:43:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4344 at http://michiganradio.org Food Assistance: Losing the Lottery Bill could speed up adoptions in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bill-could-speed-adoptions-michigan <p>A bill pending in the state legislature&nbsp;could speed up adoptions in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>State law requires all adoptions be approved by only one person &ndash; the superintendent of the Michigan Children&rsquo;s Institute.</p><p>That leads to delays of up to two months in getting an adoption finalized.</p><p>Maura Corrigan is Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services.</p><p>She says the superintendent should be able to choose people to act in his stead.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We&rsquo;ll be able to have the adoptions approved locally by one of his designees, instead of every local case going to Lansing and be looked at there,&quot; says Corrigan.</p></blockquote><p><span face="">There are more than 4,000 children eligible for adoption in Michigan.</span> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:15:55 +0000 Tracy Samilton 1810 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder appoints Judge Brian Zahra to state Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-appoints-judge-brian-zahra-state-supreme-court <p><strong>Update 10:19 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio has learned that Judge Zahra's appointment will take effect on Friday, January 14th at noon.&nbsp; In a release sent out this morning, Governor Snyder said Zahra's, "<span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">legal</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;"> reasoning abilities and depth of understanding of Michigan law are virtually unmatched." Snyder also noted:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;">Judge Zahra’s sixteen years of judicial experience and his razor sharp intelligence will make him an outstanding addition to the court. His integrity and consistent legal philosophy that judges are to interpret laws, not make them, gives me confidence that he will respect our system of checks and balances while upholding the rule of law.”</span></p></blockquote><p><strong>9:22 a.m.:</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Governor Rick Snyder</a> has named Appeals Court Judge Brian Zahra to the <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/">Michigan Supreme Court</a>, Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta reports. Zahra was appointed to the appeals court in 1999 by former Republican Governor John Engler. He was then elected to the court in 2000 and 2006.</p><p>Judge Zahra will be taking over the place of <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/aboutcourt/biography.htm">state Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan</a>.&nbsp; Corrigan <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/snyder-name-new-state-supreme-court-justice-jan-14th">will leave the court on Friday</a> to begin a new job as the head of the state Department of Human Services.&nbsp; Governor Snyder <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/term/maura-corrigan">named her the Director of DHS last week</a>.</p><p>Like Corrigan, Zahra is a Republican.&nbsp; That means the state Supreme Court will keep its 4-3 GOP majority. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:22:20 +0000 Zoe Clark 811 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice by Jan. 14th http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-name-new-state-supreme-court-justice-jan-14th <p><a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Governor Rick Snyder</a> says he'll name a new justice to the state Supreme Court by January 14th.&nbsp; Whomever he picks will replace state <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/aboutcourt/biography.htm#MDC">Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan</a>.&nbsp; Snyder <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/term/maura-corrigan">announced yesterday</a> that he is appointing Justice Corrigan to head the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a>.</p><p>Corrigan is one of four Republican justices on the seven-member state Supreme Court.&nbsp; She has served on the court since 1999.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta sent this report detailing the announcement of Corrigan's new job:</p><p>Corrigan says serving on the court is a “dream job.” But she says she could not resist the chance to work on improving services for children and others in need.</p><blockquote><p>We must leave no one behind. That includes the most-vulnerable among us – children who are abused and neglected, the poor, the disaffected.</p></blockquote><p>One of Corrigan’s first jobs will be to bring Michigan into compliance with a court order that settles a lawsuit against the state’s foster care system. Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:43:08 +0000 Zoe Clark 786 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder to name new state Supreme Court Justice by Jan. 14th Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan to head DHS http://michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-justice-maura-corrigan-head-dhs <p><a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Governor Rick Snyder</a> will name <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/aboutcourt/biography.htm#MDC">Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan</a> as head of the state <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs">Department of Human Services</a> today. The appointment will open a vacancy on the <a href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/">state Supreme Court</a> for the new governor to fill.</p><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-snyder-humanservi,0,120999.story">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>It's not immediately clear how quickly Snyder will replace Corrigan on the court. Corrigan was part of the court's new 4-3 conservative majority... The department has been under pressure in recent years as more Michigan residents hurt by the recession seek public assistance. The department is under a 2008 consent decree to improve the state's foster care system but received poor marks in the latest report.</p></blockquote><p>The Detroit Free Press<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110105/NEWS15/101050374/1320/Snyders-pick-creates-court-dilemma"> reports</a>:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Corrigan reportedly is eager to lead the DHS because of her long involvement in child protection issues, such as foster care and abuse prevention, said those close to the decision.</div></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">Corrigan has served on Michigan's highest court since 1999. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:18:21 +0000 Zoe Clark 772 at http://michiganradio.org