"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
From the BattleCreekEnquirer.com:
"Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws to block welfare recipients from withdrawing their taxpayer-provided cash from ATMs in liquor stores, horse tracks and strip clubs.
The laws signed Wednesday are similar to a state law enacted last year for casino ATMs.
Under federal law, states that don’t restrict welfare recipients’ ability to conduct electronic transfers at liquor stores, casinos or adult entertainment establishments could lose up to 5 percent of their federal welfare funding.
The six bills were sponsored by Republican Sen. Rick Jones of Grand Ledge along with Republican Reps. Margaret O’Brien of Portage and Dale Zorn of Ida."
IMHO - This is a step in the right direction toward limiting welfare abuse. Those who really want to use government welfare funds in ways other than that which the law intends will probably find a way to do it, but there's no reason to make it easy for them. Letting them withdraw at locations which obviously facilitate abuse and enables their vices is simply too easy. Blocking them from doing so is just common sense.
It appears that only Michigan Republicans sponsored/co-sponsored the legislation. Hopefully, other states will follow Michigan in taking steps like this. The website Watchdog.org
addresses the issue in that state, and their web page has links which discuss similar problems and efforts to curb welfare abuse in other states.
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