New Welfare Restrictions Target Booze, Tattoos

BOSTON (AP) -- A growing number of states across the U.S. are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on such things as booze, strippers, casino gambling and tattoos.

Supporters of such laws say they are necessary to prevent abuse of the taxpayers' money.

But advocates for the poor say the notion of any widespread abuse is a myth, and such laws are based on stereotypes about people on welfare.

They say many welfare recipients are single mothers struggling just to get by.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    If they are not buying booze, tattoo's and watching strippers and gambling then they have nothing to worry about. The people doing these things may worry about losing their benefits, and they should. If you want to do those things work that money out your self.
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