Four years should be enough

Michigan’s Senate passed a four-year limit for families receiving welfare benefits. In a move to demonstrate why I don’t go to church anymore …

In a statement Wednesday, the Michigan Catholic Conference said: “The bills that passed the State Senate today will only create wider cracks through which more people will fall. While the Conference is appreciative of the exemptions for disabled persons, their caregiver and the parent of a disabled child, as well as the increased income disregard that was included in earlier legislation passed by the House, there is still significant work that should be done.”

The legislation would save $63.5 million and kick 12,600 Michiganders off of the rolls. More:

It “will result in families losing much needed assistance in the worst economic downturn in years,” said Sen. Vincent Gregory, a Democrat from Southfield. “We should be lifting up our families and encouraging them to self-sufficiency. Ninety percent of these families are working poor . often trying to support children and just barely getting by. We are pushing these families to homelessness.”

After four years, if they haven’t lifted themselves up …

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