Michigan Debates Four-Year Lifetime Limit on Welfare
By Pamela M. Prah, Staff Writer
NEW WELFARE LIMITS: Michigan lawmakers are moving forward on a plan to impose a four-year lifetime limit on getting welfare. The Republican-led state Senate voted 26-to-12 along party lines to pass a budget bill that includes the limits, the Associated Press reports . The proposal is similar to one put forward by Republican Governor Rick Snyder that would provide exceptions to the welfare limit in cases of incapacity or hardship. The state House has a comparable measure. Opponents say the welfare restrictions would push more families into poverty.
STATE-BY-STATE BENEFITS VARY: Residents of New York get more government aid per person from government social programs than residents of any other state, according to a USA TODAY analysis . New York's Medicaid program is the most expensive in the nation, driving the average cost of all government benefits in the state to $9,442 per person. The state-by-state ranking takes into account Social Security, Medicaid, food stamps and other social programs. Other key findings: West Virginia gets 28 percent of its income from government programs, more than any other state. Colorado residents get the least — 13.2 percent of income from social programs — far below the U.S. average of 18.3 percent. And Utah residents get the fewest dollars — $4,731 per person in 2010.