Michigan has joined 36 other states in eliminating an asset test when determining eligibility for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. The bill received bipartisan support in the legislature and Governor Whitmer signed it into law this week.
- Prior to the change, if the assets of all household members were over $15,000, the applicant did not qualify for benefits.
- According to the governor’s office, this change will help over 700,000 Michigan households currently receiving SNAP benefits.
- According to Feeding American, one in nine Michigan residents is facing hunger.
- The nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency determined the change likely won’t impact the state’s finances.