Someone please give me notice if Rep. Costa’s “Paying More For TANF” bill makes it to a hearing next spring, because that should be a fun one. As I pointed out in a prior post, drug testing mothers on assistance may feel good to some, but its not getting anyone “off welfare” in any productive manner.
According to my good friends at PolitiFact (who actually came with some numbers this time), Costa’s proposal will guarantee the state spends more money on the program. So ironic. If the state wants to up the budget by $100k, I’m sure there are better ideas. And, according to the ProJo, there are less than 6,000 people receiving TANF in RI. If they were all at a PC basketball game, you would be saying “there’s nobody here.”
FYI Rep. Costa: Take a lesson from John Dillinger. When they asked him why he robs banks, he said “That’s where the money is.” You can’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor. Any mathlete can tell you that.