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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz aims to cut red tape, boost welfare benefits for poor families



At the playground at her mother's apartment complex, Janesha Anderson watches her son Jermel, 7, play. She has struggled to meet the cumbersome paperwork of the state welfare program.

Thousands of Minnesota families living in poverty will see a boost in monthly relief payments and will no longer have to meet cumbersome paperwork requirements to prove they are eligible for public assistance, under new proposals to simplify the state's welfare system.

The proposed changes being considered at the State Capitol would eliminate the requirement that people on Minnesota's family welfare program submit a complicated and lengthy form every month to prove eligibility. And, for the first time, monthly payments for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) would be adjusted annually to reflect the rising costs of food, rent and other essentials.

The cost-of-living increases, if approved, would mark only the second time in 35 years that welfare recipients in Minnesota would see an increase in their monthly benefits, which have steadily eroded in value due to inflation.


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