welfare reform http://michiganradio.org en Welfare caseworkers head to the factory http://michiganradio.org/post/welfare-caseworkers-head-factory <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; text-transform: none; line-height: 21px; text-indent: 0px; letter-spacing: normal; padding-left: 10px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; word-spacing: 0px; white-space: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">&nbsp;</p><div><p>In 1998, Amy Valderas was a single mom with three kids, all under the age of seven. She had no work experience, and&nbsp;lived with her sister. So she went to sign up for government assistance. But instead of welfare benefits, she got a job offer.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:00:23 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 13626 at http://michiganradio.org Welfare caseworkers head to the factory In this morning’s news: welfare bills, ACLU suit in Grand Rapids, Peters running for Senate http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-welfare-bills-aclu-suit-grand-rapids-peters-running-senate <p><strong>House passes welfare reform bills</strong></p><p>“The state House has passed bills to revoke welfare benefits based on drug use and persistent school absences. One bill would allow suspicion-based drug testing, which could lead to families losing their cash assistance ... Another measure would allow suspicion-based drug testing of welfare recipients ... The bill got bi-partisan support in the House,” Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>ACLU files suit against Grand Rapids police </strong></p><p>The American Civil Liberties Union has sued Grand Rapids authorities for routinely making unconstitutional arrests for trespassing on property of businesses open to the public.</p><p>“ACLU Attorney Miriam Aukerman says city police have long urged businesses to sign a ‘letter of intent to prosecute trespassers.’ Then, they use that letter as an excuse to arrest people they decide are trespassing on business properties,” Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton reports.</p><p><strong>Gary Peters officially announces run for Senate</strong></p><p>Three-term Democratic Congressman <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/democrat-gary-peters-launching-his-campaign-us-senate">Gary Peters</a> became the first major candidate to kick off a campaign for Michigan’s soon-to-be vacant U.S. Senate seat. The seat will be left empty after Senator Carl Levin steps down in 2014. Several Republican candidates are also considering running.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 11:33:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12376 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: welfare bills, ACLU suit in Grand Rapids, Peters running for Senate 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 Limit on cash assistance and welfare reform in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/limit-cash-assistance-and-welfare-reform-michigan </p><p>The legislature recently approved a bill that would impose a stricter four-year lifetime limit on welfare cash assistance. The new limits could affect 12,000 families in Michigan. Governor Snyder has yet to sign the bill into law.</p><p>In this week&#39;s political roundup we talk about the bill with Debbie Dingell, a Democratic Political Analyst and member of the Democratic National Committee and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow for Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>Dingell says:</p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 21:10:52 +0000 Mercedes Mejia, Jennifer White & Zoe Clark 4001 at http://michiganradio.org Limit on cash assistance and welfare reform in Michigan