Another attack against those on government assistance in Michigan and the people paying for this new state law

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Yesterday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder passed legislation known as the Medicaid Workforce Engagement Act

The title of this legislation was designed to pacify people, since the real focus of this legislation is to make people who receive government assistance with Medicaid be required to work 80 hours a month in order to continue receiving this assistance.

There are several exceptions listed within the newly adopted legislation, but according to an estimate cited in the Detroit News, “540,000 able-bodied adults” would be required to fulfill the work requirements.

Organizations that are part of the Grand Rapids Power Structure, like the GR Chamber of Commerce and the West Michigan Policy Forum, endorsed the legislation.  On their facebook page, the WMPF stated:

The West Michigan Policy Forum supports this plan, as it will help employers struggling to find workers fill open jobs, and put people in need of assistance…

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