Michigan Bridge Card

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington / Monroe News Does your grocery shopping strategy revolve around an “as needed” weekly grocery list, purchasing only the items and quantity that are needed immediately? It may have been a habit you fell into […]

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The Michigan League for Public Policy has a collection of campaign materials that it is marketing to promote the “Money Back in Michigan” project, an effort to promote seven federal or state tax credits that are available to low and moderate-income families. “That tax refund can make a positive difference in the lives of Michigan […]

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The Michigan legislature has approved a series of bills meant to prevent those who receive cash assistance via Michigan Bridge Card / EBT from using their cards at specific locations. Here is the Associated Press report posted at MonroeNews.com. LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have finished approving bills to block welfare recipients from withdrawing […]

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As a followup to the news reports over the weekend of a massive failure on the debit card system used by 17 states for various public assistance programs, the Associated Press is reporting that Michigan is expected to levy a nearly $80,000 penalty against Xerox for the situation.

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EBT cards in as many as 17 states that handle payments for programs such as food stamps, WIC, child support were affected by a system-wide glitch Saturday Oct. 12. As best I can tell from tracking the headlines that were sent to The Monroe News via the Associated Press, and also what other news outlets […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Food stamp allotments for many recipients are dropping as of Nov. 1, 2013. Technically, this isn’t a budget cut. Nor is it related to the partial federal government shutdown. The details involve a temporary boost that is now expiring. The explanation Here is the explanation via an […]

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Update: The Associated Press reports the highlights of the bill passed by the House and Senate on Oct. 16 include this detail: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Ends it immediately, finances federal agencies through Jan. 15. Workers furloughed without pay when the shutdown began Oct. 1 receive back pay Previous reports The Associated Press has sent a report, […]

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The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s edition: By Paula Wethington If you want to know what questions a family on a tight budget had in regards to the partial federal government shutdown, take a look at the topics that brought readers to the Monroe on […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget If you receive cash assistance from Michigan Department of Human Services through the Michigan Bridge Card, you’ll want to pay close attention to the partial federal government shutdown. The reason is that while cards that are scheduled to credited this week will be funded, a longer shutdown […]

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By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget Federal funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is still referred to by many people under its former name of food stamps, and is accessible in Michigan via the Michigan Bridge Card, appears to be available to Michigan residents through the end of October. The concern […]

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This post is for my readers in Monroe County, Mich.: Monroe County Opportunity Program will host a Senior Information Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the MCOP office, 1140 S. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, Mich. Anyone age 60 and older will have an opportunity to meet with various local agencies and service […]

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Did you know that it can take a month or more for an application for public assistance to be approved and your family to actually receive cash or food stamps? The Michigan Department of Human Services has posted the schedule with the “approval time limits” for various programs under its jurisdiction, with this explanation: You […]

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Did you see this Associated Press story in The Monroe Evening News or elsewhere in Michigan this week? Headline: Bills hit stores taking Bridge Cards for Alcohol LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation to crack down on stores that let people buy alcohol or lottery tickets with food assistance benefits is nearing final approval in Lansing. […]

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The Big Lots store at 1575 N. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, Mich., has posted a sign on its window that it is accepting EBT / SNAP cards (aka Michigan Bridge Card) for food-stamp eligible purchases. I also confirmed that detail through the USDA SNAP Retail Locator, which is where I did the research to list the […]

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This post is for my readers in and near Dundee, Mich.: Dundee Farmers Market, which is in the municipal parking lot on Tecumseh St. next to Devine Delights, in Dundee, Mich., will host a Mother’s Day Flower Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday May 11. There will be hanging baskets, flats of flowers […]

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Sometimes I wonder when reading the headlines, “What on earth are people thinking?” Here’s the example this morning: The Monroe Evening News has posted an Associated Press report about Michigan Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw’s pending legislation to have the Michigan Bridge Card rolls cross-referenced with the Social Security Death Index on a monthly basis […]

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Continuing a topic that was inspired by a lot of public chatter on news sites this week regarding the Michigan food stamp program, I have found a chart on the U.S. Department of Agriculture web site that explains how much an eligible individual or family could receive on food stamps. I’m glad I found this […]

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I went into some detail a couple of weeks ago explaining the household income brackets for specific financial assistance programs in a newspaper column called How tight is your budget? Beyond the family income brackets, individual resources and programs also can invoke additional requirements. For example, Pell grants for college have a lifetime limit on […]

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Continuing a discussion I’ve been running for the past few days about assistance programs: Do you need financial aid to help pay household bills or family expenses? Do you deserve it? The answers to those two questions, by the way, are not the same. Need-based formulas are intended to determine which individuals and families are […]

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This is an encore of a post I wrote in 2010: If your family is on a tight budget, the fact that the kids are home more often for summer school vacation can rattle the finances in more direction than one. Specifically on the grocery bill:  There’s been a spike in the number of students […]

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