Flint Judge Sets Deadline for State Welfare Review

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A judge in Flint has given the Michigan Department of Human Services until Aug. 10 to process 5,000 or more remaining applications for cash assistance from people whose benefits were ended because of a five-year federal limit.
Genesee County Circuit Judge Geoffrey Neithercut imposed the deadline Monday during a hearing on a complaint from the Center for Civil Justice..
The state Court of Appeals ruled June 27 that Michigan can end benefits under a five-year federal limit even if recipients still might qualify for cash under state law.
Michigan has a four-year limit but stops the clock when someone with a disability can't work or when people care for a disabled spouse or child.
The state says following the stricter federal cap could save $70 million a year.

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  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Jul 16, 2012 at 06:14 PM
    It tells us something that people move to Michigan from other states simply to take advantage of the overly-generous welfare benefits and numerous social programs. Like slavery, welfare, that keeps people dependent, should be abolished. It's amazing what people can accomplish when they must.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 04:08 AM in reply to Kelly
      People need to learn how to sink or swim. Yes, we need to have the life preservers out there, but dont use them as your primary means of support. I heard of one case in jackson where the step dad tossed his deadbeat 18 yo stepson out by filing an eviction notice. Gave the kid a wake up call.
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        by Angie on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:17 AM in reply to
        Whatever happened to family taking care if their own? Instead of giving this young man support and skills he needs to keep him out of the system, he gets thrown out? I have a 21 year-old son who can't get a job to save his life-can't even get into the military right now. As long as I have the means he will not become a burden to anyone else. My daughter had to move out of state to get a job (and she has a college degree). Oldest son had to join the Marines and now supports his family on a barely more than minimum wage Security Guard job. Bottom line- its not easy, but no one in this family is costing anyone else a dime. As long as folks are going to get more in "benefits" they aren't going to take responsibility.
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