Thursday, May 14, 2009

Welfare to Work Alcohol

"...Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a bill that would bar welfare recipients from using taxpayer-backed benefit cards to buy alcohol.

The measure, which also bans use of child support payments for alcohol purchases, unanimously passed the state House last week. It now heads to the state Senate, where a spokesman for Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, says he believes it has general support.

State Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said he submitted the measure after learning on a tour of a county assistance office a few years ago that such purchases were not illegal.

"I had no idea at the time that such a loophole existed," he said. "I don't think most people did." (source)

First of all, how sad that we need a bill to tell someone that the taxpayers shouldn't be buying their Mike's Hard Lemonade. Second, if we are going to make this a law in PA...it needs to be expanded. I have been behind people buying pre-made hoagies and cigarettes with their Access cards...cases of soda and ROLLING PAPERS. Are you kidding me?

But get this, I was watching a news segment addressing this and the "con" guy was against the bill because...ready? It would "reinforce stereotypes about the poor." OMG.

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