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Tue November 1, 2011
Michigan rethinking car limit for food stamp clients
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a state agency is reassessing whether cars and trucks should be counted as assets for people receiving food stamps.
The state Department of Human Services last month began telling applicants with assets of more than $5,000 in bank accounts, second homes or vehicles with market values of more than $15,000 they'd no longer be eligible for assistance.
The Michigan League for Human Services says many people applying for food stamps are recently unemployed and requesting help for the first time.
Applicants say they need their cars to get to school or job interviews so they can get back on their feet financially.
Snyder told reporters Tuesday that criticism of the vehicle limit is a "valid issue" and that DHS officials are reviewing the policy.