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Young: let's fix our mistake with welfare limits

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network


A Democratic state lawmaker says the Legislature should reconsider the cap on cash assistance for poor families, in light of a recent federal court ruling. A federal judge says the state must continue making welfare payments to families affected by the four year limit until the families are better notified of the changes.

Democratic state Senator Coleman Young says lawmakers should simply repeal the recent cash assistance cap.

"We have the chance to right one of the wrongs committed by this body, and to save thousands of children from starvation and homelessness," he says.

Republican lawmakers appeared unfazed by Young's plea. On Republican senator said the cash assistance cap was necessary to increase self-sufficiency among struggling Michiganders.

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