Battle over four-year welfare cap goes to court

A group of people scheduled to be cut off from welfare benefits under the new 48 month lifetime limit have filed a federal suit to block the law from taking effect. [The Detroit News].

The lawsuit, filed against Human Services Director Maura Corrigan, said immediate intervention is needed to prevent more than 25,000 parents and children from losing benefits. The welfare recipients from Saginaw, Genesee and Macomb counties asked a federal judge to issue a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

According to the lawsuit, Corrigan is violating the recipients’ rights under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The recipients claim Corrigan sent them pre-termination notices that cite a “secret policy” that hasn’t been made publicly available and which provides a vague, generic explanation for why benefits are being terminated.

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