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Bill OK’d to strip families of welfare if kid misses school

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A policy of stripping welfare benefits from families if kids under age 16 miss too much school would become law under legislation nearing approval in the Michigan Legislature.

The Republican-led Senate voted 26-12 Tuesday for the bill codifying existing practice. It earlier won approval in the House, which is expected to quickly OK Senate changes and send the legislation to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

Under the legislation, a teen 16 or older who doesn’t meet school attendance requirements would be removed from their “program group” and denied cash assistance.
Sanctions have been imposed in more than 250 cases since October 2013.


Authorities: Business targeted people facing foreclosure

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a lawyer and his business stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 100 people in Michigan that were facing mortgage foreclosures.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that 52-year-old Steven Barry Ruza of Orchard Lake and his company Home Legal Group face 30 felony charges, including racketeering. Ruza and his company were arraigned Friday in 48th District Court in suburban Detroit.

Ruza has hearings scheduled for June 4 and June 11.

Schuette’s office says Ruza and Home Legal Group promised people that they could obtain mortgage modifications and save their homes from foreclosure but then did nothing, or very little, to obtain mortgage modifications. Most lost their homes due to foreclosure.



Michigan lawmakers push Gov. Snyder to shift funds to roads

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is backing off the assertion that the popular Pure Michigan tourism program would have to be cut as a result of the House Republican's proposed plan to fund road repairs.

Michigan Economic Development Director Steve Arwood testified Tuesday to the House Roads and Economic Development Committee in opposition to bills that would fund road repairs in part by using economic development funds currently funneled through the department.

Majority House Republicans propose taking $75 million from the 21st Century Jobs Fund. Some of that money supports the Pure Michigan budget.

Arwood says taking that money will likely mean other economic development programs are cut entirely to find other funds for Pure Michigan. Committee members say that moving more money toward roads would support economic development.


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