LANSING, Mich. — A judge says some Michigan welfare recipients protected from losing benefits under state law can't be cut off because they exceed federal limits.
Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Geoffrey Neithercut ruled Tuesday that state Department of Human Services director Maura Corrigan "exceeded her authority" by ending benefits for most welfare recipients once they reached the five-year federal limit.
Michigan lawmakers in 2007 adopted a four-year limit that had several exceptions, then approved stricter enforcement last year.
The four-year limit doesn't include months where a parent is needed at home to care for a disabled child or other family member, but those months count under the federal limit.
Neithercut says the state can't deny benefits to those who haven't reached the four-year state cap.
The department says it's reviewing the decision.
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