A new total provided by the Detroit News nearly triples the initial figure, with up to 41,000 people statewide will lose payments averaging $515 a month.
“It (the benefit cut off) gives us cause for great concern”, Chief Godbee stated.
"These benefits have always been intended as a safety net, not a long-term solution. More than 30 percent of those affected by this change have been receiving benefits 10 years or more," Wurfel cited.
"While we did put a limit on how long you can be on assistance, we changed the rules so that you can work more hours without losing benefits," said Ari Adler, spokesman for Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-District 63) of Marshall.
"Unfortunately, people get trapped in this dependent life. We would hope that there are jobs for people to become employed. That's why there are job training programs available through DHS," Adler stated.
“We’re still suffering in this state. I wanted to make sure we could do whatever to help these people to continue on a path until they can find a , Snyder noted.
“Next year, my main issue is, let’s start the process. Let’s focus on bringing our unemployment rate down so we don’t have people on unemployment that’s going on for 20-26 weeks or 99 weeks.”