New Michigan Law Removes Parents from Welfare if Kids are Truant from School

Here is an interesting way to try and encourage welfare queens to make sure their children stay in school. Take away their welfare if their kids are marked truant. That is the idea in Michigan, anyway.

The Wolverine State has just passed a new policy in a 26-12 vote in the state Senate that will remove welfare from families with school-age kids who miss too much school.

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.

Republicans say the goal is to keep children in school, while Democrats say it’s unfair to punish an entire family for one child’s chronic absence from school.

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.

What do you think? A good idea?

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