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09-19-2013 06:11 PM  5 years agoPost 1
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LANSING (WWJ) - Could this mean the end of welfare as we know it?

A bill has passed in the Michigan Senate that would require those receiving public assistance to do some “volunteer” work. Another bill, which passed the House Commerce Committee, requires drug testing, revoking benefits for welfare recipients who refuse the test or who test positive.

“What [the legislation] does, it says, in order for your to receive your cash assistance, your welfare check, you must provide some kind of community service to the community,” said the volunteer work bill’s sponsor, State Senator Joe Hune, who represents Livingston and Shiawasse counties in Mid-Michigan.

Hune says he was inspired by a constituent who began to volunteer while on welfare — and that community service evolved into full employment.

“The whole intention is to make certain folks have some skin in the game, and I don’t feel that there’s any problem with making folks go out and do some kind of community service in order to receive their cash assistance,” Hune said.

State Sen. Vincent Gregory, D-Southfield, thinks the bills take aim at people who are already suffering their lowest moments.

“These people, they already need as much money as they can get, they wouldn’t be asking for it if they didn’t need it,” he said. “It seems that this philosophy that everyone must have skin in the game, you know, it’s like you may have some financial issues, you may be down and out … That kind of philosophy to me — if you’re healthy bodied, I can see it — but for a lot of people, I just think that it is very intrusive.”

How, specifically, would the programs work? Hune said he purposely designed the bill to be ambiguous.

“We … kind of left it up to the Department of Human Services to implement it, kind of how they see fit,” said Hune. “Sometimes when the legislature puts something in action and puts too many details in place, there can be problems with the system.”

The legislation would not affect those on food stamps.

The volunteer bill now heads to the House of Representatives’ Families, Children and Seniors Committee, while the drug testing bill heads to the full House for a vote.

“A lot of people are embarrassed to even be there (asking for benefits), and they have this put on them — It’s this feeling that ‘This is what the public wants.’ But the public doesn’t want to see people beaten down,” Gregory said.
Awwww you mean they are gonna have to prove their not druggies and actually work for their EBT cards? Wow they are gonna be beating down the whitehouse door and demand their savior put a stop to this .It must be descrimination.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/09...rk-for-welfare/

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09-19-2013 06:16 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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Ah Geez.

Thats to bad.

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09-19-2013 06:18 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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Great idea but it will never be implemented. That would kill off their voter base.

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09-19-2013 07:06 PM  5 years agoPost 4
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Every state should implement this.

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09-19-2013 07:39 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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Every state should implement this.
Florida tried to and the dems called it discrimination.make up your mind dem.

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09-19-2013 11:11 PM  5 years agoPost 6
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It's really not asking too much is it?

URINE OR YOU'RE OUT.

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09-19-2013 11:54 PM  5 years agoPost 7
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Ahhh. So the government will find me a job and pay me? ... and supervise even my bodily functions? Excelent! Even better than dear North Korea or the good old days of mother China.

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09-20-2013 12:08 AM  5 years agoPost 8
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Obama will knock it down!

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09-20-2013 04:40 AM  5 years agoPost 9
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That's a dumb idea. Welfare folks won't put with that. They'll just move to another state...wait a minute, I better contact my local representative before we get new neighbors...we need our own law.

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09-20-2013 05:03 AM  5 years agoPost 10
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Hmmm... changed my mind. Bring that to Arizona!

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09-20-2013 05:10 AM  5 years agoPost 11
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Even starting to migrate into the Public School System's :

Your kid's are truant so many time's and you are on Welfare or Social support or low income assistance with a house full ??? guess what ??? Now your Not - Not in School - parent's are responsible

Keeping score

Could be part of one of Bush's last EO's he knew it was coming.

Think on the Drug thing : It can be a permanent thing - POOF

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09-20-2013 12:44 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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I think that this is a very good idea! They could have a 90 day grace period so that you could find your own job and then start the testing and service work. It would be a great incentive for the welfare class to find real jobs.

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09-20-2013 01:47 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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Actually it a Fed level directive or incentive for the states to manage the Fed $ resources better or to be accountable for them or penalty .
If it's a lousy managed system with error's the Fed resources are drying up. Then the states are left to find their own $$$$.

States just have to latch to it or amend into their by law's or their own constitution sort to speak. Their jumping to it for their protection of fed allocation of funding.

It will drive people to the easiest states to get free stuff -then the States latch too it for their protection.

You may be able to smoke dope on the state level, but if the state social support fund's come down from the fed - where it's illegal.

You test positive and you cannot get fed fund's .

The State funding itself is getting critical -their private fund's can't be dictated by the Fed : But that is where the problem arises.

The fed will try to pull off the top of a prosperous state to provide Social support funding for a poor or welfare populated one.

States' are getting stinking tough even on dead beat dad or child support stuff - back taxes ect.

Old fines and penalties ect.

Keeping Score, we will stuff on the family level like the early 1950's

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