State of Michigan Archives: on Welfare & Poverty
Transform to nonprofit/charity model to provide assistance
During the debate, Kaine pitched himself as a moderate political leader, mentioning frequently that he cut state spending by $5 billion during his time as governor, while simultaneously making investments in infrastructure and human development.
Allen criticized Kaine for accepting the role of chairman of the Democratic National Committee, saying he should have spent his final year as governor on state priorities, "not the national partisan role of advocating for President Obama's policies."
Source: Petoskey News on 2012 Michigan Senate debate
Feb 20, 2012
No welfare benefits for people with felony warrants
New bills require the state to develop an automated system that will facilitate information sharing. Soon cross-checking the names of people receiving public assistance against a database of outstanding felony warrants in order to make sure only
those who are eligible are able to receive public assistance will be possible.
It is already illegal for anyone with a felony warrant to collect welfare benefits, but the state does not currently have a good system in place.
Source: Michigan 2011 gubernatorial press release, #264222
Oct 18, 2011
Require able-bodied welfare recipients to work
Bishop indicates support of the following principles regarding welfare.
Source: 2000 Michigan National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2000
- Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
- Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
- Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
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