Community service could be required for Mich. welfare recipients - KMSP-TV

Community service could be required for Mich. welfare recipients

Posted: Updated:
  • Community service could be required for Mich. welfare recipientsMore>>

  • Let It Rip: Pot parents and working for welfare

    Let It Rip: Pot parents and working for welfare

    Thursday, September 19 2013 11:09 PM EDT2013-09-20 03:09:45 GMT
    The state is removing children from homes where medical marijuana is being grown and used. Also, should welfare recipients be required to perform community service as a condition of their benefits?
    The state is removing children from homes where medical marijuana is being grown and used.  A legitimate reason and concern?  Or is Child Protective Services out of bounds?  
    Also, should welfare recipients be required to perform community service as a condition of their benefits?
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

Community service could soon be a requirement for those receiving government assistance in Michigan.

Some praise the plan as a way for the poor to earn what they get, while others say it's a mean-spirited slam on those who are already down on their luck.

In a 27-9 vote Wednesday, the state Senate passed the community service bill, which would require people receiving food stamps or other welfare benefits to perform community service to get assistance.

"It simply says if you're going to receive your social welfare payments, your cash assistance welfare, that you have to put in some kind of community service," said Sen. Joe Hune, a Republican from Hamburg Twp., wrote the legislation.

"I think there's nothing wrong with folks having some skin in the game helping the community who's been helping them for so long."

Click the video player to hear reaction from Michigan citizens.

Sen. Vincent Gregory, a Democrat from Southfield voted against the bill. "My opposition was these single moms, they have to spend the money they're receiving from the state to get daycare in order to take care of their kids, so already the money they're receiving is being cut down."

Another bill was also passed Wednesday affecting unemployment benefits. The new bill would deny benefits to those who became unemployed after refusing to take or failing a drug test required by employers.

The state House now will consider both bills before they head to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • M-1 RAIL PROJECT ALTERS D-DOT BUS ROUTE

    M-1 RAIL PROJECT ALTERS D-DOT BUS ROUTE

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:14 AM EDT2014-09-15 08:14:02 GMT
    Important information concerning the M-1 Rail Project's effect on an important D-Dot bus route. D-Dot route number 53 along Woodward Avenue has been re-routed to Cass Avenue. It will not be available on Woodward between Adams and Mack.
    Important information concerning the M-1 Rail Project's effect on an important D-Dot bus route. D-Dot route number 53 along Woodward Avenue has been re-routed to Cass Avenue. It will not be available on Woodward between Adams and Mack.
  • Family believes missing man shot, abducted

    Family believes missing man shot, abducted

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:50:53 GMT
    The family of a 20 year old man says he was shot in Detroit and now he's missing. The family of Mike Bryson made an emotional plea Sunday, asking the public for help to find him.
    The family of a 20 year old man says he was shot in Detroit and now he's missing. The family of Mike Bryson made an emotional plea Sunday, asking the public for help to find him.
  • Police: 7-year-old girl shot while playing outside

    Police: 7-year-old girl shot while playing outside

    Sunday, September 14 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-09-15 03:19:22 GMT
    Detroit Police are investigating a shooting Sunday that left a 7-year-old girl in critical condition.
    Detroit Police are investigating a shooting Sunday that left a 7-year-old girl in critical condition.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices