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.
The Republican-led House passed the legislation with 73-34 votes Wednesday mostly along party lines.
The measures will go to Gov. Rick Snyder.
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's current four-year limit on welfare benefits would expire Sept. 30 unless the Legislature revises or extends the limitations.
The revised welfare limits have fewer exemptions than the four-year limit now in state law.
The state Legislature has approved a measure that would mean higher health care costs for some teachers and local government employees.
The bill would require local governments to pay no more than 80 percent of their employee health care costs, or limit the payment to 15 thousand dollars a year per family.
Democratic state Senator Glenn Anderson called his Republican colleagues hypocrites:
“I just find it amazing that anyone that would support this bill would get up and make statements about the federal government dictating to us at the state level what we must and must not do. And yet we’re super-imposing our will on a matter that has always been a local issue.”
The measure now heads to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.