Louisiana Bans Welfare Benefits for Tattoos, Jewelry, and Lingerie

All across the country, states are going after welfare fraudsters and abusers who steal from taxpayers by gaming the system.  We’ve seen an upsurge in measures to prevent misuse of benefits on the state level.  Americans are outraged that they work hard to subsidize people who have no interest in getting a job.

In Mississippi, the legislature just passed a bill requiring that individuals at high risk of being substance abusers take a drug test before receiving welfare benefits.  In Florida, a new bill would send welfare fraudsters to prison for their abuse of taxpayer dollars.

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Louisiana is now taking its own steps to prevent abuse of benefits.  After a news report came out that detailed how a local lingerie store was advertising that it accepted cash-assistance benefits as payment, the state quickly issued new regulations excluding things like tattoo parlors, jewelry stores, and lingerie stores from welfare.

Louisiana welfare recipients will be prohibited from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under new limits enacted by state social services officials.

The Department of Children and Family Services announced the emergency regulations late Thursday. They cover the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program — commonly known as welfare benefits — and the Kinship Care Subsidy Program.

Both programs pay cash assistance to low-income families for items like food, clothing and housing.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said the agency decided to ban the use of electronic benefit cards, which work as debit cards, at stores that don’t sell items that are considered basic needs for families. […]

The emergency regulations come a week after WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge reported that an Ascension Parish lingerie store posted a sign noting that it accepted the welfare benefits card along with most credit cards.

Also barred in the latest restrictions from taking welfare debit cards are video arcades, bail bond companies, cruise ships, psychics, adult-entertainment businesses, nightclubs, bars and any businesses where minors are not allowed.

The state is taking violations of the new regulation seriously, and wants to go further with actual legislation to fine businesses who improperly accept these benefits as payment:

Violators of the new regulations will stop receiving welfare benefits for a year for a first offense, two years for a second offense and permanently for a third offense, according to the social services department.

The department also said it is seeking to enact the restrictions in law and allow the state to fine retailers who don’t follow the guidelines. Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, will sponsor the bill for consideration in the current legislative session.

“I hope that we can meet the spirit of intent of the program while also ensuring that state and federal tax dollars are being used appropriately,” Broadwater said in a statement.

Excellent.  Welfare is rife with abuse all over the country.  Benefits should include basic necessities – food, clothing, and housing – and NOT your “bling” or your lingerie or your tattoos.  This kind of abuse just robs from millions of hard-working people to give to people who have no regard for the fact that they’re receiving taxpayer dollars to subsidize their personal fancies.

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