Some Say that you should not be able to tell them how to spend you Tax money!
They do not think that this is a Problem & that we have other things to worry about.
Rep. Shaunna O’connell: Just In Massachusetts over 85% of the money we give is taken as Cash.
Fraud is a problem and we take it very seriously, but our experience is that the vast majority of recipients are doing what they need to do to meet basic needs,” he said.
Rep. Shaunna O’Connell, who has been pushing for such restrictions, said the changes will help improve the welfare system in Massachusetts.
But, O’Connell expressed disappointment in the governor’s proposals, saying state lawmakers worked hard on the compromise legislation. She said she hopes the Legislature rejects the governor’s amendment. “It’s important that we do tough reforms to protect taxpayer money,” she said. The Taunton Republican said she would like to see more done in the future, like prohibiting out-of-state card use and requiring benefit recipients to have federally issued identification. She also said without establishing a cashless benefits system, there is no way to ensure what benefits are being used for. In February, Congress included in legislation signed by President Barack Obama to extend the payroll tax cut a provision requiring all states to prohibit purchases made with TANF benefits at casinos, liquor stores and strip clubs within two years. States that do not comply will lose federal TANF funding.Boston News, Weather, �
Alec Loftus, a spokesman HHS, said his agency is currently working on implementing the federal law in Massachusetts by 2014.
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