Massachusetts is the latest state trying to crack down on a problem that can be seen right here in Bradford – welfare recipients using benefits to buy alcohol, cigarettes, lottery tickets and tattoos.
Opponents of the measures say tougher restrictions are punishing the poor, but a Massachusetts state representative says people who are not abusing the system should not have a problem with the reforms.
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.
We’ll talk to Pennsylvania State Representative Marty Causer about this issue on today’s LiveLine at 12:35 on 1490 WESB.