Mich. House Approves 4-Year Life Welfare Limit 5-12-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Mich. House Approves 4-Year Life Welfare Limit 5-12-2011

Republicans who lead the Michigan Legislature are continuing efforts to apply a four-year lifetime limit on welfare benefits.
The House passed legislation Thursday by a 72-36 mostly party line vote that would cap assistance at four years for able-bodied adults with limited exceptions. The bill next goes to the Senate.
Republicans said their bill exempts senior citizens, pregnant mothers, domestic violence victims, adults who are physically or mentally incapacitated and adults with a disabled child at home from an assistance time limit.
Michigan's current law has a similar time limit, but it has multiple exceptions. The current law is due to sunset in late September unless it's renewed or changed by lawmakers.
Critics said the tougher limits would boot 12,600 families off public assistance.
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