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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Michigan Corporate Republicans 'War on the Poor' continues as House Bill 4388 advances in Lansing


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Michigan Republicans "War on the Poor" plans continue. Blaming the most struggling families in our State for the fact they earn dramatically LESS in income than themselves. At this point, one has to wonder if being poor is a new form of discrimination, similar to being born of a certain race, ethnic background or practicing a religion other than traditional Christianity.

Yes, we are "going there" because our Michigan Corporate Republicans effort to keep a family without assistance benefits due to a single mother working an $8.00 an hour job for 12 hours four days a week; and their strong assumption she should be punished due to her fifteen and thirteen year old children playing "hookie" from school.

Specifically, what we are discussing is the latest piece of legislation in Lansing advancing forward due to Corporate Republican domination in Michigan House and Senate Chambers, along with the Governor seat as Rick Snyder (R) sits there. According to Journalist Johnathon Oosting at MLive, Michigan House Bill 4388 the bill is moving at record breaking speed.

MLive - April 25, 2013 - 'Michigan families could lose welfare cash if kids miss school under advancing legislation':

"A Michigan House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would disqualify families from a public assistance program if a child regularly misses school. 
House Bill 4388, introduced by Republican state Rep. Al Pscholka of Stevensville, would codify a policy adopted by the Department of Human Services in October regarding eligibility for the family independence program, which provides an average cash grant of approximately $400 to more than 45,000 needy families each month. 
DHS has already removed a handful of families from the program due to child truancy. The legislation would formally prohibit the cash assistance for families that have a child between the age of 6 and 16 who fails to comply with mandatory school attendance requirements. 
"It's not our intent as a department to just kick people off public assistance," Terrence Buerer, DHS deputy director for field operations, told members of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. "That's not what we're about. What we're about is trying to break the cycle of poverty, generational poverty. We want to move families to self-sufficiency."
What does removing a family from a merger $400 a month in income has to do with "self-sufficiency? Let's think about this, shall we. A one-bedroom rental easily could cost $550 a month, bus tokens about $40.00 monthly, personal needs -supplies like soap, toilet paper, dish washing soap, cleaning materials, et cetera- approximately another $50-$75 a month and  clothes, well let's estimate another $100. 

Now, the minimal $400 given by the Department of Human Services only applies if a family exist. With such, take our imaginary budget and add the costs associated with raising kids in it. Simple math would suggest that poor families are not "getting rich" off cash assistance payments, correct.

Yet, these same Republicans have no problem doting out $1.8 Trillion ---with a capital "T"---  of tax breaks to C & S Corporations in the air of "Corporate Welfare" in 2011. Meanwhile, the same legislators gutted Michigan Public Schools "Rainy Day Fund" an estimated $900 Million dollars, cut the once per year maximum of $550 from the states' Earned Income Tax Credit for working poor families, changed the taxable formula for working poor and middle class renters and homeowners receiving the Homestead Property Tax Credit and raised taxes on Seniors.

Maybe instead of calling it a "War on the Poor" Michigan Corporate Republicans are engaged in, how correctly dubbing their actions instead an outright assault on anyone who happens not to be rich or a C & S Corporation entity.

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