LATE ADOPTED - DECEMBER 13, 2005
Agenda Item No. 36
Introduced by the Judiciary Committee of the:
INGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION OF OPPOSITION TO SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BILL 4241 AS THEY RELATE TO FUNDING CUTS TO THE NATIONAL CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM
WHEREAS, Sections 8319 and 8320 of the House of Representatives Bill 4241 (Budget Reconciliation Bill) provide for deep funding cuts to the national child support program, and would have dramatic negative impact on residents of Ingham County and Michigan because of our current economic challenges; and
WHEREAS, the funding cuts would severely restrict the ability of local human service agency workers, prosecutors, law enforcement agents, judges and court officials to provide services in both local and interstate child support cases; and
WHEREAS, families will receive less child support payments, reducing family income available to pay for rent, food, clothes, school supplies, and child care for their children, forcing many custodial parents to fall back on federally‑funded, safety‑net assistance programs; and
WHEREAS, fewer medical support orders will be enforced, leaving many children without private health insurance coverage, and resulting in greater dependence on Medicaid; and
WHEREAS, child support payments from parents reinforce parental responsibility, increase the income of millions of working families, and prevent the necessity of other social services spending; and
WHEREAS, the proposed child support funding cuts are the largest reductions to children’s programs in the House budget bill, and in the long‑run, these proposed cuts will not save the federal government money; and
WHEREAS, welfare reform correctly recognized child support as a lynchpin to financial self‑sufficiency, critical to both single parent families coming off of or working hard to avoid public benefits; and
WHEREAS, children who are not also supported by their non‑custodial parent will require more help from public assistance programs; and
WHERAS, the amount of collections that states return to the federal government to offset TANF grants would also be dramatically reduced.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners opposes sections 8319 and 8320 of the House of Representatives Bill 4241, and urges Congress to remove the proposed reductions to child support enforcement funding from the bill and restore full funding of the states administrative costs of the federal child support program at sixty -six percent (66%) of the costs.
LATE ADOPTED – DECEMBER 13, 2005
Agenda Item No. 36
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Clerk is directed to send a copy of this resolution to the State of Michigan's congressional delegation and the Michigan Association of Counties.
JUDICIARY: Yeas: Holman, Nolan, Swope, Schafer, Dougan
Nays: None Absent: Weatherwax-Grant Approved 12/1/05