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Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:00 am

In 2011 Governor Snyder made significant cuts to the social services of the state of Michigan. The two most devastating cuts were the 48 month Cash Assistance Benefits cap, or the welfare cap, and a reduction in unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks. These cuts were the harshest in the nation and were designed to pay for $1.7 billion in tax breaks to corporations that still have not yielded the jobs that Gov. Snyder and his GOP brethren promised. These cuts came at a time when Michigan's unemployment rate stood at 10.6 percent and demonstrated a callous attitude and an utter lack of understanding of the needs Michigan's unfortunate.

With the passage of the welfare cap legislation, 15,000 families lost their benefits in the first year, including families that were caring for the disabled and for special needs children. Many of these families were already struggling with job loss from the 2008 recession and had been left with no other recourse but to turn to low paying jobs and to seek help from private charitable organizations or the private safety net. Now two years later, 1 in 5 households in Michigan don't always have enough money for food. Many families are struggling just to keep the lights on, to pay for day care, and to put gas in the car so that they can get back and forth to work. Michigan's current median household income is $45,981, which is a 20 percent drop from recent years and currently rates 36th in the nation. At the time Gov. Snyder signed the welfare cap legislation, the poverty rate in Michigan was 16.8 percent, and in the past two years it has risen to 17.5 percent and Michigan has seen the largest increase in the poverty rate in the nation over the past 10 years.

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5 comments:

  • Fenton G Harbor posted at 10:43 am on Fri, Jan 4, 2013.

    Fenton G Harbor Posts: 1137

    I laugh in your face because your right I don't care!

    Stereotypes often exist for a reason. 1mike was able to take care of himself because he was able to cash out in '88. What he doesn't care about are the millions of people who were unable to "cash out" and live off of an old investment.

     
  • 1mike posted at 7:39 pm on Tue, Jan 1, 2013.

    1mike Posts: 417

    Been through the reality and have moved on. Didn't wait for the government take care of me tok care of myself. When the crash of 88 started I cashed out and everybody said that'll cost you 20 percent. I said oh well I lost 20% yesterday I can't wait to see whats going to happen. I came out ahead thats why I'm here still making money. Suprtficial , ugly and cold hearted because I took care of myself and have moved on while others wait for help from the government just to survive. I laugh in your face because your right I don't care!

     
  • Fenton G Harbor posted at 9:45 am on Mon, Dec 31, 2012.

    Fenton G Harbor Posts: 1137

    you're going to discover how superficial, ugly and cold hearted that your thinking really is.

    Discovering reality is not an attribute of people who propose to take America back to the 1930s.

     
  • bluetiger posted at 6:58 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    bluetiger Posts: 1

    According to the article its the families that are caring for special needs people and they are being held to the same standards and having their benefits cut. What you are referring to are federal programs such as social security and disability that the republicans have been trying to cut most notably with the Ryan budget. Neither one provides enough monthly income to support the recipients. I have a friend that used to spout the same personal responsibility nonsense until he lost his job in 2008 when the recession started because of excessive deregulation and rampant greed crashed the market. He went to school until his unemployment ran out, now he works a job that pays 30 grand less a year and has lost his home. He wasn't lazy nor finding himself he is a hard working American who has lost it all so others could walk away with huge bonuses. I'm guessing from your comments you've never had to worry where your next meal was coming from. But if you do I think your going to discover how superficial, ugly and cold hearted that your thinking really is.

     
  • 1mike posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    1mike Posts: 417

    I'll call ya on this one . kids with special needs are not being cut people that don't want to contribute are being cut and thats a GOOD thing. If you can't FIND YOURSELF and get a job after 4 years. there is no hope for you and it's time to let someone else take care of you. Those of us that work are getting a little tired of the excuses.

     

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