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Whether a family turned to the state’s welfare program for help in 1986 or 2019, they would have received the same amount of assistance: $437 a month. That will change in February 2020, when approximately 31,000 families who get money through the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) will receive $100 more per month after lawmakers agreed this past legislative session to shift $33 million to the program.
This long overdue increase will help families find some sense of stability, even if the increase means they will still have to make difficult choices. It also represents a significant investment in children, who make up 72 percent of people benefiting from MFIP.
Thank you to all of the advocates who have worked tirelessly for years to accomplish this enormously important legislative win for Minnesota families.