JUST IN: Judge Stops Cut in Michigan Welfare Benefits

A federal judge has stopped a round of cuts in cash benefits for Michigan welfare recipients, saying that recipients were not given enough notice. Republicans control the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder approved a strict four-year cap on cash payments which was effective October 1. U.S. District Judge Paul Borman issued a restraining order today that prevents people from having their payments terminated. Borman says the Department of Human Services did not meet the requirement under law when it sent notices to thousands of people. The judge has ordered new notices for recipients, and they will also be given the right to a hearing.