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    Not the Right Time for Welfare Reform

    Alicia Adamczyk

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    Michigan’s Welfare Reform policy has sparked plenty of debate over the past few months, with both sides providing valid arguments for or against the reforms - but while both sides may have sound reasoning, now is not the right time for the new restrictions. .

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    Pro/Con: Michigan's New Welfare Reform B …

    Alicia Adamczyk

    The recent welfare reform laws passed in Michigan have caused quite a stir around the state. The acts, Public Acts 131 and 132, limit state-funded cash-assistance for able-bodied people through the Family Independence Program (FIP) to 48 months, with some exceptions. The reform does not include cuts for food ...

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    Michigan Updates Policy on Food Stamp El …

    Alicia Adamczyk

    Michigan will begin enforcing stricter policies for food stamp assistance this month. While in previous years the assistance has been based solely on income, new factors such as savings and other assets will be taken into account when determining who will receive the aid from the state.

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    Questions about Bridge Card Program Chan …

    Dana Burke

    The restructuring and restrictions being made to the Bridge Card Program is a major topic of interest in Michigan, especially amongst college students. Since Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) has taken office; he has made decreasing food stamp distribution a top priority. Before Snyder, most college student who applied for the ...

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    New Restrictions on Bridge Card Use by C …

    Dana Burke

    On February 9, 2011, it was announced that university students in Michigan will have to meet stricter restrictions when applying for the Bridge Card program in April 2011.

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    Unemployment Benefits Need Action or Fac …

    Jenni Riehle

    Michigan residents who are currently out of work and dependent on federal unemployment benefits could begin to see them phase out, despite hard lobbying efforts by citizens and Michigan organizations. The federally-funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program and the Extended Employment (EB) program will begin to phase out by federal law February 28. .

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    Michigan Excels at Dishing out Food Assi …

    Jenni Riehle

    Michigan can look on the brighter side for once when it comes to ensuring that people who qualify for food assistance are actually receiving that assistance. A report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ranked Michigan as the third best state in ensuring that the 1.65 million people ...

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    A Break Down: "Alleviating Poverty in Mi …

    Jenni Riehle

    The Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity released a report this November, that has been two years in the making. The report titled, "Alleviating Poverty in Michigan," was commissioned to make recommendations to Governor Granholm and the Michigan legislator on how to create a better system for the ...

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    DHS Employees Laid Off in Greatest Time …

    Jenni Riehle

    The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) will be cutting at least 320 jobs for fiscal year 2010. The layoffs come at a time when employees in this field are in huge demand. The cuts come as a result of the latest state budget which is affecting government jobs ...

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    Selected Current Legislation Relating to …

    Jenni Riehle

    HB 4169  CHILD PLACEMENT- Implements requirment for parental disclosure of relatives when placing a child in a home other than that of a parent HB 4535  TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS-  Expands conditions under which termination of parental rights can occur when abuse or neglect is present. HB 4643  ...

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