Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation that will strip welfare recipients of their benefits if their kids consistently skip school.
The Michigan Department of Human Services has been tying Family Independence Program benefits to attendance since October of 2012. Now there is a law to back it up.
The bill that was sponsored by Republican State Representative Al Pscholka of Stevensville makes the requirements of Michigan’s compulsory school attendance law an eligibility requirement for recipients of the FIP benefits. It does not affect state food aid or housing benefits.
A family can regain their benefits if the child attends school for 21 consecutive days.