I was attending a social services and workforce development-related meeting this afternoon. During the course of the discussion, it was noted that somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 welfare recipients will lose their benefits on October 1st because the Republican controlled legislature reduced the maximum time period you can receive welfare benefits to 48 months. Apparently they could not do the math required to figure out a ten-year recession equals 120 months. Darn new math!
What was most shocking is that the State currently has no exact figure on how many people will drop off the welfare rolls as of October 1st or each subsequent month after that. Seriously? That means those same conservative legislators who voted for this draconian change to Michigan’s welfare laws also had no idea how many people they were impacting.
I would be willing to bet they knew exactly how many businesses will benefit from their recent tax cuts. When the heck did our nation’s and our state’s priorities get so fouled up?