I'm sure California taxpayers are relieved to discover that their hard-earned funds are subsidizing gambling by welfare recipients (including millions of illegals).
California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state, a Los Angeles Times review of records found.
The cards, provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families, work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms, the review found.
State officials said Wednesday they were working to determine how much money had been withdrawn from casino ATMs by people using the welfare debit cards...
...the system of paying out welfare benefits via bank cards was created under Schwarzenegger's predecessor, Democrat Gray Davis.
...The cash portion of California's welfare benefits comes from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program... ...Each year, California gets $3.7 billion from the federal government for the program, while state and local governments kick in an additional $2.9 billion...
...Global Cash Access, a Las Vegas firm that provides ATMs and other equipment for more than 1,000 casinos in the United States, started programming their machines to reject welfare cards more than a decade ago.
"Unless a state tells us to allow access to their EBT cards, we will continue to block these cards from being accepted at our devices," said Katie Lever, the firm's general counsel. "It's really easy to do."
It turns out, then, that taxpayers across the U.S. are also helping to subsidize gambling by welfare recipients.
But, hey, Cali's budget deficit is only $19 billion -- and the country's is only roughly $1.6 trillion -- so the amount involved here has got to be a tiny fraction of that huge amount.
Isn't Democrat governance cool?
Hat tip: Drudge. Linked by: Michelle Malkin. Thanks!