Two bills were heard that would increase the cash grants for the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). The program is the state’s support program for working families with children, and an increase would be a first step to promoting the stability and security these families need to get on their feet. MFIP provides both cash and food assistance, though only cash assistance is the target of both bills.
Families continue to struggle to transition to a place of increased economic security, as the transitional standard grant has not been increased in almost 30 years. In an attempt to provide more resources to these families, the bipartisan bill simply raises the amount of money given to MFIP enrollees, entrusting those families to make the decisions that are best for them individually.
S.F. 432 would double the cash grant available to families on MFIP.
S.F. 734 would increase the assistance payment for MFIP recipients by $100 per month.
STATUS: Both bills were laid over for possible inclusion in the omnibus bill. (S.F. 432/S.F.734)
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