States attempt to tighten welfare restrictions?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/07/19 15:49:13
Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.

"If you're not abusing the program, then you should really have no problem with these reforms," said state Rep. Shaunna O'Connell, a Republican pushing for restrictions in Massachusetts.

While the crackdown has strong populist appeal in Democratic and GOP states alike in this era of tight budgets and tea party demands for fiscal discipline, advocates for the poor argue that the restrictions are based on stereotypes about people on welfare, and they say the notion of any widespread abuse is a myth. Most people on public assistance, they contend, are single mothers struggling just to get by.

The movement has been spurred in part by Congress. Under legislation signed by President Barack Obama in February to extend a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, welfare recipients are barred from using their cash assistance in strip clubs, casinos and liquor stores. States must change their own laws to conform by 2014.

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  • Food Stamp Papa 2012/08/05 14:54:27
    Food Stamp Papa
    instead of giving ppl cash,why don't they put the money on a card llike they do the food stamps?
  • Food Stamp Papa 2012/08/05 01:43:19
    Food Stamp Papa
    they were using their welfare money in strip bars casinos and liquor stores??? wait,and this suprises me?
  • Food Stamp Papa 2012/08/05 01:41:43
    Food Stamp Papa
  • Yoru 2012/07/19 16:46:53
    "tattoos and strippers"....?!?
  • Soup Man 2012/07/19 15:50:46
    Soup Man
    And the problem with this is?
  • Food St... Soup Man 2012/08/05 01:44:51
    Food Stamp Papa
    i don't think ppl on public assistance need to be spending their money on stuff like that,you know the money that is taken from our paychecks and given to them
  • ~ The Rebel ~ 2012/07/19 15:50:42
    ~ The Rebel ~
    A roof over their head, food on the table and education for their kids... what more do they want?

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