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Interview Question
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
The following are interview questions towards someone working with Minnesota family
investment program and participates in the policy making process. The aim of the interview
is to gain much understanding on the process and impact of policy.
1. What are some of the current policy issues affecting the families and children who rely
on Minnesota family investment program support?
First caveat is, as a worker or someone who works with policies, I can tell you through the
lenses of a policy person. The way that MN administers the MFIP program is very different
than how other states do it. the MFIP program here has cash and food piece to it so it doesn’t
align the different types of requirements the program has with other programs which is tricky
for people or participants. So on food support, they follow certain income and asset types or
guidelines whereas in MFIP they don’t which can be really hard for participants to
understand. MFIP has certain reporting requirements that can be challenging for families.
Monthly reporting for families who are working, and Budging that people have for earned
income. In my opinion is ridiculous . We are using earned income that people had in their
household two months ago to determine benefit eligibility for the current month. Monthly
reporting is also complex. The other policy is that there is something called Change
reporting. Change reporting can impact anybody who is homeless or working, so If they are
removed from monthly reporting, they are moved to that change reporting. And change
reporting can really be damaging for families because they are required to report any changes
and their income when it is over 100 dollars, its so hard for people to follow that. Application
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
2
and interview process for income is very different than any other programs we have. We
require families with kids or pregnant that have barriers such as employment or
transportation and yet we require them to come in for face-to-face interview. Childcare is
another piece. If families lose childcare assistant for the county’s error or their error,
whatever it might be, it is detrimental.
2. What are some of the changes which have taken place since 1996 federal welfare reforms
that are highly affecting families? Do they have positive or negative impacts?
Welfare changes that happen since 1996 ; positive piece is that it did bring more support
for familes who are trying to find work. It put in some more tools to support working
families like childcare assistance and employment services. Also during that time, it
brought to light issues about the definition of a family. It started to address issues about a
2 person house hold and how historically welfare has pushed fathers out the door so that
families can stay on assistance.
Negative impact is that it made it more difficult for the new Americans who are newly
coming to the country to access public assistance which supports childcare.
It also created sanctions during this time, which is pretty a reduction of the cash and food
benefit that the participants get when they are not in compliance but it really doesn’t
work with participants and only hurts them.
3. If at all the changes have a positive impact, in what way do the families and children
benefit?
Answer can be found in Q 2
4. I believe there are factors which impact the policy making process. What are some of the
health determinants which enable this organization come up with fair policies?
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
3
Hennepin county hasn’t neccasly done the greatest job in past looking at the health
determinants bur they are doing it now. Some of the work that is going on right now is
racial disparity. (elaborate)
5. How should policymakers help individuals having low income to stay in their jobs and
support their families at the same time?
The most important things, which we did a terrible job at, is excluding the people that
these policies specifically impact. If we are going to make this work, people need to be
on the table when polcies are being written up. Another thing we’ve done historically is
that we focus on the outliers. “no two people have the same experience, and no two
people have the same history” and the last thing that I wrote down for this and this is my
personal opinion, is the bootstrap philosophy has to go away. It does not look at the racial
dispersity and does not look at many factors.
6. From the general point of view, what are some of the benefits the society receive from
the Minnesota family investment program, especially in relation to the policies made?
-People like me and you have jobs
– The MFIP dollars that are going to the particoants generally goes back to the local
economy
-people who are receiving MFIP benefit from other resources and services available to
them such as school lunch reduction, they might qualify for public housing, healthcare
assistance
7. In policy creation process, which group of people lobby for the policy proposal and who
are against it. What are the reasons behind these groups of people?
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
4
How the lobby works, so when a policy is being put in place. That gets typed up and gets
sent to our lobbies. Then lobbyist contact subject matter expert and they have some
criteria that we are required to look at when we respond back and that criteria is; what is
the impact of this legislation on families and what is the impact on workers and
admintrators who are admintering this program
8. In most cases which group does the lobbying target, and what are some of the outcomes
expected.?
Answer was not given for this question. Could use personal opinion
9. What steps should the states take in reducing the chances of having long term recipients
reaching welfare time limit without supporting themselves?

In my humble opinion, welfare time limit is something we can do without. Most
people who are on welfare are on it for only couple of years and for those that are,
there is a reason why. Becauae they are in need of that assistance. Less rules and
requirements would help
10. Are there any challenges which the organization is currently facing in the policy creation
process?
There are always people who are against the changes and others who are for it which can
create challenges.

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