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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:45 PM

 

Conservative Lawmakers Take Food From Mouths Of Michigan's Hungry; Food Stamp Cuts Coming...

Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press Columnist 12:14 a.m. EDT September 21, 2014

The worst consequences of a compromise farm bill that cut food assistance benefits could have been cushioned by Michigan lawmakers — if they had bothered to act.

If they were too busy, it's hard to see what had them so distracted. They weren't fixing roads, or toughening campaign finance or making sure prison contractors don't sleep with inmates.

Maybe their obsession with drug-testing welfare recipients got in the way.

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The Legislature did nothing to add money to the heating program to help soften the blow. And the Department of Human Services, which could have reallocated existing heating assistance funds, said the state didn't want to "create a new loophole."

Compassionate conservatism at its finest.

Now, some Michiganders who get food assistance will see their benefits shrink by $76 a month. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, that's about 36 meals for a family of four, said Anne Schenk, vice president of advancement at Gleaners Community Food Bank. The USDA estimates that a family of four on a thrifty budget spends $131-$150 a week.

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http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/nancy-kaffer/2014/09/21/michigan-foodstamps-farm-bill/15923639/

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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:47 PM

1. Also Read: Food Stamp Cuts Coming In Michigan, 1 Of 4 States Not Taking Action To Avo

 

By Jonathan Oosting | joosting@mlive.com
on September 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM, updated September 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM

LANSING, MI — Some 150,000 Michigan families are poised to lose an average of $76 in food stamp benefits this fall due to federal cuts that many other states have taken action to avoid.

Of the 16 states directly impacted by the federal rule change, 12 have decided to pay the higher tab to help recipients avoid food stamp cuts. Many are redirecting additional federal dollars from a separate low-income heating program.

But not Michigan.

“We decided we couldn’t justify spending $21 per household for people that didn’t have any energy expenses, particularly in a year where the state had really cold temperatures,” said Department of Human Services spokesperson Bob Wheaton.

“We’re one of the states that made the decision, no, we’re not going to exploit this $21 loophole. We’ll just provide energy assistance to families who actually have energy costs.”

Critics say Michigan is making a short-sighted mistake, however. They argue the state could invest additional resources -- even general fund dollars, as California is doing -- to avoid larger federal food stamp cuts affecting vulnerable residents.

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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 08:49 PM

2. Most effected Michigan families will see cuts kick in this November,

 

Most effected Michigan families will see cuts kick in this November, but a small number have already started to see reductions, according to Wheaton. An average family of four will see their monthly benefits cut by about 15 percent.

Let us hope like hell this will motivate some more liberal voters to get out and vote on election day! The timing of this should work in that favour.

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