Welfare is a waste of taxpayer money. Only a tiny fraction of the taxpayer dollars meant for needy people actually reach their pockets. And it’s impossible to weed out from the system the millions of individuals who could work but would rather mooch off of you and me.
The system is too easy to defraud. Some states are trying to reduce the fraud by requiring drug tests and requiring **gasp!** a certain number of work performed per week.
But the Kansas Senate has taken it a step further. Just signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback (R), a new Kansas law limits the amount of daily benefits to $25 day, and seriously cracks down on where that money can be spent. This is a huge victory for taxpayers!
The new bill, as part of the Successful Families Program — the Kansas version of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) federal program — will also prohibit welfare recipients from using their benefits at certain types of businesses, including fortune tellers, swimming pools, cruise ships and liquor stores.
Body piercing and tattooing, spa days that include massages and manicures, purchases at jewelry stores, video arcades, lingerie shops or any sexually-oriented business, and bail bonds services are also prohibited.
”We’re trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended,” state Rep. Michael O’Donnell (R) said. “This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life.”
The bill will limit the amount of benefits a Kansas family can receive to no more than 36 months of assistance in a lifetime, reports RAW STORY. The federal government allows for a 60-month limit.
via Opposing Views
Vacations and tattoos? Can you believe that’s what money was being spent on in the first place?
The problem is always going to be that you can’t completely limit what a person on welfare spends the money on, as there is always black market trading. However, it is logical that state law should require luxury cruise lines to reject anyone trying to hand them a pile of taxpayer-funded welfare dollars.
This is a principled and important piece of legislation, which will save the taxpayers’ money. Good job, Gov. Brownback!