Michigan panel cuts 1,000 human services workers

Cuts approved Tuesday by GOP-led House budget subcommittee would do away with nearly 9% of positions in Department of Human Services

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Republicans have voted to eliminate funding for more than 1,000 workers in a state agency that handles welfare, food assistance and child abuse investigations.

Cuts approved Tuesday by a GOP-led House budget subcommittee would do away with nearly 9 percent of positions in the Department of Human Services. The budget is a stark contrast to the one proposed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

House Republicans say job cuts are necessary because they won't go along with Snyder's call to add a surcharge to power bills to cover emergency energy assistance for low-income customers.

Democrats say the budget is dangerous and could hurt Michigan's ability to have lower caseloads for workers required because of a lawsuit.

A Senate panel is expected to pass its human services budget in the afternoon.

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