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Make sure welfare grants used right way

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While New York state strictly regulates what food stamps can be used for, that isn’t the case with welfare grants. Recipients can use their state-issued debit cards to buy things, or use them at ATMs to get cash to buy things, that no reasonable person would say public assistance should be used for — from alcohol and tobacco to lottery tickets and casino games to drugs and strip clubs. Whether it does it administratively or ...

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June 23, 2013
5:57 a.m.

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Include trading items bought on the card for cash too. All to often a recipient will buy food and trade it to person for cash to buy cigarettes. Mind you other things should be banned, especially the non food food like chips and soda.

June 23, 2013
10:38 a.m.

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Did a Conservative just take over the Gazette? This is actually the 1st ever editorial that actually made sense. Great job whoever wrote it.