State Representative Rashida Tlaib blasted the Snyder Administration for enacting harsh new rules for anyone currently receiving or applying for food assistance. As of Oct. 1 anyone applying for food assistance, and those re-qualifying for food assistance, will have to meet the so-called “assets test.”
“Just last week we got news that unemployment in Michigan is up again, and the Governor responds to that with a plan that will make it harder for families to get the help they need to feed their families,” said Tlaib. “The trend nationally is to eliminate asset tests to help families get back on their feet during this economic downturn. If Michigan imposes this asset test on food assistance, it would be one of only few states to do so.”
In the past Michigan has based food assistance on income. With this change, families will have to show extensive financial information of others, not just their own information. It will take into account car values, un-cashed checks, warrants and so many other items that are not income. The new rules take effect on Oct 1.
“This assets test will be particularly devastating to workers who have recently lost their job, taken a pay cut, or taken a part-time job,” said Tlaib. “They may not make enough money to feed their family, but if they fail this unnecessary asset test, the state is going to turn them away. The Governor made this announcement this week which doesn’t give families any time at all to find other assistance, or local agencies plan to meet what will be a greater demand for help. Our State needs to stop targeting our most vulnerable citizens and work on creating jobs,” said Tlaib.