social services en Michigan lawmakers' latest efforts are a politically motivated attack on the poor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Well, here’s some news you’ve been waiting for.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two bills may soon be on the governor’s desk requiring suspicion-based drug testing for welfare recipients. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Senate has approved both, the House has passed one, and the odds are that they will smooth out any differences and send them on to the governor.</span></p><p>Signing them would be the sort of thing politicians do in an election year.</p><p>Indeed, it would make lots of people happy. Just think of all those lazy welfare chiselers, using our hard-earned taxpayer dollars to get high. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:46:57 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16956 at Michigan lawmakers' latest efforts are a politically motivated attack on the poor Nearly century-old community agency in Kalamazoo fights to stay open <p>A community agency that serves thousands of low-income residents in Kalamazoo is in danger of closing.</p><p>The <a href="">Douglass Community Association </a>formed almost a hundred years ago to serve African American soldiers returning from World War I.</p><p>Interim Director Sherry Thomas-Cloud says now they provide literacy programs, a recovery center, free summer meals for kids and much more. She worries what would happen if people no longer have a central location for so many services.</p><p>“At best the services would be piecemealed and at worse you’re looking at an underserved population that would go from being underserved to not having any services at all,” Thomas-Cloud said.</p><p>“Plus, the pride, the sustainability of this agency for 90-some years… it’s just been an icon in the community and it would leave a gap that I think would be felt for many years,” Thomas-Cloud said. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:20:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14058 at State of Opportunity: When funding dries up for programs that help kids <p>This week, Michigan Radio's <a href="">State of Opportunity</a> reporter <a href="" rel="author">Dustin Dwyer</a> explores a pilot project in Michigan that helped kids and reduced state caseloads.</p><p>So why, he asks, is it ending?</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:03:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8767 at State of Opportunity: When funding dries up for programs that help kids Michigan Legislature approves new welfare limits <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Residents involved in roughly 12,500 welfare cases in Michigan could lose benefits under a stricter, four-year lifetime limit that has received final approval in the Michigan Legislature.</p><p>The Republican-led House passed the legislation with 73-34 votes Wednesday mostly along party lines.</p><p>The measures will go to Gov. Rick Snyder.</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. The state&#39;s current four-year limit on welfare benefits would expire Sept. 30 unless the Legislature revises or extends the limitations.</p><p>The revised welfare limits have fewer exemptions than the four-year limit now in state law. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:33:13 +0000 The Associated Press 3898 at