welfare-cap http://michiganradio.org en A 'nail in the coffin' for efforts to stop welfare changes in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/nail-coffin-efforts-stop-welfare-changes-michigan <p><a href="http://bridgemi.com/2012/12/legislature-poised-to-lock-in-strict-time-limits-on-cash-aid-to-needy-families/">Bridge Magazine's Ron French reports</a> on legislation that could be "a nail in the coffin" for efforts to halt welfare rule changes in Michigan."</p><p>The effort to remove 15,000 families from cash assistance in Michigan was billed as a cost-cutting measure. A necessary step for a state "<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/kicked-cash-assistance-bureaucrats">that can no longer afford</a>" to pay the benefits.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:39:19 +0000 Mark Brush 10251 at http://michiganradio.org A 'nail in the coffin' for efforts to stop welfare changes in Michigan? Bridge: Some welfare recipients get reprieve; others struggle with welfare restructuring http://michiganradio.org/post/bridge-some-welfare-recipients-get-reprieve-others-struggle-welfare-restructuring <p><em>Michigan Watch is working with the online magazine <a href="http://bridgemi.com/">Bridge</a> in a year-long<a href="http://bridgemi.com/category/safety-net/#.T339RtV7SSo"> </a><a href="http://bridgemi.com/category/safety-net/">collaboration</a>, following families who were cut from welfare cash assistance by a Department of Human Services decision late last year.&nbsp; </em></p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:53:28 +0000 Lester Graham 8240 at http://michiganradio.org Bridge: Some welfare recipients get reprieve; others struggle with welfare restructuring Detroit braces for impact of welfare cap http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-braces-impact-welfare-cap <p>People looking for help with rent, utilities and other monthly bills crowded a resource fair Union Grace Baptist Church in Detroit over the weekend.</p><p>Many of them faced their first month without cash assistance from the state. A four-year welfare benefit cap kicks in this month.</p><p>One such person is Tamika Thomas. She says she&rsquo;s been getting assistance on-and-off for four years, using it to pay the bills while she goes to school.</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 20:27:50 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4416 at http://michiganradio.org An interview with Gilda Jacobs, President of the Michigan League for Human Services http://michiganradio.org/post/interview-gilda-jacobs-president-michigan-league-human-services <p>New rules for the 48-month limit on welfare cash assistance goes in effect on October 1. Twelve-thousand families will lose cash assistance, that includes upwards of 25,000 children. Gilda Jacobs, President and CEO of the Michigan League for Human Services spoke with Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White about what impacts the limit will in our state.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:38:59 +0000 Jennifer White & Michigan Radio Newsroom 4389 at http://michiganradio.org An interview with Gilda Jacobs, President of the Michigan League for Human Services Snyder to sign welfare cap this week http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-sign-welfare-cap-week <p>Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> is expected to sign a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/limiting-welfare-now-what">new 48-month cap on cash assistance welfare benefits</a> into law this week. The new limits are expected to immediately reduce the cash assistance caseloads by 15 percent. The measure got <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-approves-new-welfare-limits">final approval from the state legislature</a> last month.</p><p>About 12,600 people have been on cash assistance for 48 months or more, and payments to those families will end when the state&rsquo;s new fiscal year begins October 1st.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It was always meant to be a bridge and it&rsquo;s become a lot longer than that in Michigan&nbsp; -- in some cases, many individuals or families have been on it for five, six, seven, eight, 10 plus years,&rdquo; says Sara Wurfel, Governor Snyder&rsquo;s press secretary.</p></blockquote><p>The new limits are expected to save the state $65 million dollars in the new budget year.</p><p>Michigan&rsquo;s four-year cap on cash assistance will make the state&rsquo;s welfare limits among the strictest in the Midwest. Advocates for the poor say private agencies may not be able make up the difference for people who still need help. They say many of the people who take payments for extended periods are the chronically unemployed who are struggling through the poor economy. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:24:56 +0000 Rick Pluta 4033 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers could vote today on welfare limits http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-could-vote-today-welfare-limits <p>Michigan lawmakers are expected to resume votes to impose a stricter, four-year limit on receiving welfare benefits.</p><p>The votes could come Wednesday with the Michigan Legislature scheduled to meet for full sessions.</p><p>The welfare limit already has been approved as part of the state budget that kicks in Oct. 1. Lawmakers plan to put the cap in a separate state statute to help implement the budget plan.</p><p>Michigan already has a four-year cap on welfare benefits but the new version of the limit would grant fewer exceptions.</p><p>Critics say the tougher limits would boot roughly 12,000 families off public assistance.</p><p>Lawmakers might also continue votes aimed at requiring many public employees to pay more for their health insurance coverage. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:38:06 +0000 The Associated Press 3889 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers could vote today on welfare limits