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Michigan official wants to take lottery winnings from the poor.

From The Detroit News

Michigan's Department of Human Services said Monday it found 3,544 lottery winners on the state's welfare rolls or living with someone receiving public assistance in 2012.

A new law requires DHS to cross-check the Michigan Lottery's list of winners of $1,000 or more with public assistance recipients.

DHS Director Maura Corrigan said Monday her department could only remove 565 of the lottery winners — or 16 percent — from the welfare rolls because of "loopholes" and "glitches" in federal asset-testing requirements and rules for cutting off assistance for individuals on public health care programs.

Corrigan is recommending lawmakers adopt a New York law allowing the state to "intercept" lottery winnings from welfare recipients to repay taxpayers.

DHS said it found 19 individuals on welfare programs who won more than $100,000 and five others living in a household with someone on public assistance.

The 3,544 lottery winners receiving public assistance or living with someone who does represented 14 percent of all winners, according to the report. They won a total of $24,101,074 between April and December 2012, the agency said.

DHS said 791 individuals won between $1,000 and $2,000, and 2,951 — or 83 percent — won less than $5,000. Of the 565 kicked off welfare programs, 364 won less than $5,000, according to the department.

by Anonymousreply 1404/17/2013

No, Michigan official wants public assistance cheats to follow the law and report their income.

by Anonymousreply 104/17/2013

I think we need to know the whole story.

Are they kicking someone off purely on the basis that they won a few bucks or because they lied about income?

by Anonymousreply 204/17/2013

[quote]Of the 565 kicked off welfare programs, 364 won less than $5,000, according to the department.

This is what kills me. They kicked 364 people off the rolls, people who were already living below the poverty line, for winning that little?

by Anonymousreply 304/17/2013

R3 which is why I ask...were they kicked off for failing to report income or because of the 5k?

by Anonymousreply 404/17/2013

Lottery should not be considered a source of income. And if it shall, then one would need to report how much they lose playing the lottery as well. Just to be fair.

by Anonymousreply 504/17/2013

Bullshit r5. If you win, say 15,000 or more, you should no longer receive assistance.

I remember that girl who won over a million and still thought it was proper for her to continue to get and use foodstamps, which she did...... until she was cut off.

Her response to "is it fair that you're still using foodstamps" was... I still got bills to pay.

by Anonymousreply 604/17/2013

Lotteries raise revenue that should be raised by taxing the rich and by taxing corporations. We need to abolish state lotteries that prey on the desperation of the poor and re-introduce fair and honest taxation methods.

by Anonymousreply 704/17/2013

Oh well, if ONE girl did that, let's kick them all off the rolls then. Can't have one girl doing that... Everyone must be profitable!!

by Anonymousreply 804/17/2013

Rightwinger @ R6,

There's a substantial difference between $15,000 and a lottery winning of seven figures.

Go loiter elsewhere!

by Anonymousreply 1004/17/2013

[quote] No, Michigan official wants public assistance cheats to follow the law and report their income.

No. They also want them to REPAY for assistance they received when they needed it AFTER they have made their way out of poverty - even if it's a short term boost.

Maybe we should make all students who receive financial assistance for school pay back their grants and assistance after they are earning over a certain amount.

Just more nastiness and rethuglican thinking. This is why the poor can never get ahead. A small lottery win can help someone buy a used car that can help them get a better job. Or pay for the expenses of moving a family into a decent home with the deposits and first and last month payments. Or for training or school. Maybe some decent clothes so they can interview properly for better jobs.

The poor are always behind the 8 ball in every way imaginable - unless it is a huge lottery win they will never catch up - so by all means let's strip them of any break they get.

by Anonymousreply 1104/17/2013

Generally, all forms of income are deducted from welfare. And not reporting outside income is grounds for termination. That's nothing new. People on welfare shouldn't be wasting their paltry benefits on the lotto anyway.

by Anonymousreply 1204/17/2013

[quote] People on welfare shouldn't be wasting their paltry benefits on the lotto anyway.

So you would begrudge someone spending $1 or $2 a week hoping to better their situation by winning a little bit of money here and there?

You MUST be a Republican.

by Anonymousreply 1304/17/2013

Things must be really great in Michigan for their leaders to waste their time over something like this.

by Anonymousreply 1404/17/2013
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