Michigan Lawmaker: No More Bridge Cards for the Dead

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Republican Michigan lawmaker is seeking to crack down on welfare abuse by ensuring the state isn't giving out food assistance to dead people.

The House Family, Children and Seniors Committee approved a bill last week that would require the Department of Human Services to check the U.S. Social Security Death Index once a month to see if a Bridge Card recipient has died.

Bridge Cards are used like debit cards for state food assistance and cash programs.

Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw is sponsoring the legislation. He says it is a "common sense way" to keep the state's "welfare system strong and free from abuse" and ensure "more efficient use of taxpayer dollars."

The bill will now be considered by the full House.

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  • by Dee on Mar 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM
    Does this mean that the Deceased will no longer be able to cast a ballot as well?or do we need a new Bill for that one??
  • by Anonymous Location: lansing on Mar 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM
    Thank goodness they plan on not feeding the dead any more. My mom who has worked her whole life and is now 64 (not 65)and had to retire due to health reasons can not get insurance. Maybe she should get pregnant then the state would help her out or maybe after she dies she can get food stamps. Got to love Michigan and our wonderful system!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 at 02:12 PM
    honest to god can we focus on some real issues.... if the state had there stuff together to begin with we wouldn't have food assistance going to "dead people"
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 11, 2013 at 09:23 AM
    Appearently this is happening otherwise, they would not be bringing it up again.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
    An article on Mlive already explained that checking the SSDI is already done monthly by DHS, this bill if just codifying that policy into law. So this Rep isn't actually doing anything new or different. Just trying to score points.
  • by JRH Location: Owosso on Mar 11, 2013 at 03:51 AM
    Yeah like the Feds are timely, how about we pass that if you are caught abusing the system we chop your head off. And while we are at it lets add bi-monthly drug testing to the program.............
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Mar 11, 2013 at 02:35 AM
    We are paying for so many different types of welfare. It needs to be consolidated into one, and only, one service. Think of the savings to taxpayers. For one thing, we wouldn't need to pay so many government employees to oversee and distribute welfare. We wouldn't need to pay for duplicated office space. If there was only one form of welfare available, it would be easier to keep track of who is receiving it and also to ensure less fraud, not to mention overlapping, or duplicated, benefits. One debit card for all services. When the monthly allowance is used up, that's it. It's high time people living off of other peoples' hard work began learning some responsibilities. We have budgets and must live within their restrictions. Shouldn't the people we're supporting do likewise?
  • by Tax Payer Location: Michigan on Mar 10, 2013 at 07:49 PM
    Thank God, it's a great day in Michigan. Now if they can find a way to stop paying all the dead beats that are living on our tax dollars that would be even better.
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