welfare Massive State Department Merger Will go Forward By Jake Neher • Mar 29, 2015 Kevin Lavery, WKAR (MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers will not try to block Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to combine two of the state’s largest agencies. The Legislature begins its two-week spring break this week. House Approves Bill to Cut Welfare Payments to Families With Persistently Truant Kids By Jake Neher • Mar 27, 2015 (MPRN-Lansing) Michigan families could lose their cash assistance if one or more of their children persistently miss school. That’s under a bill approved by the state House on Thursday. Snyder Says Welfare Plan Will Require Federal Waiver By Gordon Evans • Jan 23, 2015 More details are expected when governor presents his budget plan in February State House approves bill limiting bridge card use By Gordon Evans • Nov 7, 2013 Portage Republican Representative Margaret O'Brien says legislation is intended to cut down on "abuse to our welfare system"