But few, we suspect, ever knew that the Bridge cards meant to purchase milk and peanut butter for hungry children were actually feeding the liquor and adult entertainment industry.
Yup, you've got it. Abusers could withdraw money from their welfare cards to get spending cash for liquor, strippers and slot machines.
An untold amount of our tax dollars went to line the g-strings and pockets of the seedier side of humanity.
This is beyond concerning.
Luckily, the federal government spotted this loophole in the human services laws. The feds are mandating that all states put an end to this misuse of government funds.
State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, is doing just that. He has introduced a bill to stop the use of Bridge cards in gentlemen's clubs and liquor stores. He sponsored similar legislation last year regarding Bridge card use in casinos.
Jones said that he was shocked to learn about the loophole, and said that "booze and strip clubs need to be off limits to welfare money."
Sorry, liquor store owners and strippers everywhere, but we agree wholeheartedly with what Jones had to say.
We urge our legislators to tie off this loophole without delay.
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