Welfare recipients blowing taxpayer money in Vegas?
Responsible Americans who skipped a vacation this summer, prepare to be angry. While you’ve been cutting back during this economic downturn, some California welfare recipients were using your money to travel to Las Vegas, Hawaii, and a bunch of other places you and your family couldn’t afford to visit.
The L.A. Times reported that between January 2007 and May 2010 more than $69 million of California’s welfare dollars were accessed through the state-issued debt cards outside of the state. Welfare recipients not only were using taxpayer cash in stores outside of the state, they also were withdrawing taxpayer money to spend while on cruise ships and in hotels and casinos. In fact, Las Vegas was the destination of choice for those abusing the welfare system, with $11.8 million in cash benefits withdrawn in Sin City.
Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn, put it well: “California taxpayers, who are struggling to keep their own jobs, are subsidizing other people’s vacations. That’s absurd.”
Politicians love to say there’s no “low hanging fruit” when it comes to finding spending cuts. We’d suggest this is yet another place they may want to look.