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Whitmer’s grocery giveaway is no October surprise: Michigan Capitol Confidential


Publicly, Biden says the US economy is “strong as hell,” but privately, he approved additional food assistance for needy families

Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced, “All Michigan families who are eligible for food assistance benefits will continue to receive at least an additional $95 monthly payment in October, plus an additional increase in the cost of life, to help reduce the cost of groceries.”

Michigan has struggled financially since declaring a COVID-19 emergency in March 2020.

As the governor’s office noted when announcing the additional assistance, “In April 2020, some Michigan residents began receiving additional food assistance under this program. In May 2021, all eligible households began receiving additional monthly benefits. Federal approval is required each month.”

Democrats like President Joe Biden have been reluctant to acknowledge that the United States is in a recession, even arguing that the traditional measure of a recession, two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth, is no longer valid. Last week, while visiting an Oregon ice cream parlor, Biden insisted that the US economy was “strong as hell.”

However, the feds approved the additional payments anyway. Biden’s public words and his private actions send two different messages about the strength of the economy.

If the economy was really strong, why would Michigan families on food assistance need extra money in October?

If Whitmer was interested in providing financial relief to Michigan families, signing any of the three tax cuts passed by the Legislature would have been a good place to start.


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