McLAUGHLIN: YOUR TAX DOLLARS WASTED IN STRIP CLUBS, LIQUOR STORES, PORN SHOPS

McLAUGHLIN: YOUR TAX DOLLARS WASTED IN STRIP CLUBS, LIQUOR STORES, PORN SHOPS

Assemblyman pushes for immediate welfare reform

            Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Melrose) is calling for immediate welfare reform that would prevent taxpayer dollars from being spent inside of strip clubs, liquor stores and x-rated movie shops. Records of ATM withdrawals show that welfare recipients used their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to withdraw money at ATMs inside numerous strip clubs and other “sin establishments.”

            “Public assistance is meant to help to people who are facing hard times afford basic living essentials such as food, clothing and housing,” said McLaughlin. “The fact that welfare recipients are able to withdraw assistance money and taxpayer dollars from ATMs in strip clubs and liquor stores is a major flaw in our system. Immediate legislative action is needed to ensure that taxpayer money is not wasted in such an irresponsible fashion.

            “There are people all across New York State who struggle each night to put food on the table for their families. It’s absolutely sickening and deplorable that these abusers are shaking down the taxpayers for lap dances and liquor. It’s inexcusable and it needs to stop,” McLaughlin continued.

            McLaughlin has voiced his support for the Public Assistance Integrity Act (S966), which would prohibit the use of public assistance funds to purchase alcohol, tobacco and lottery tickets. The bill would also prohibit the use of EBT cards at ATMs inside of liquor stores, casinos and other adult entertainment facilities. A similar bill passed the Senate last year, but was blocked from coming to a vote by the Assembly Majority. If these loopholes are not closed, New York stands to lose $120 million for failing to meet the standards required as a part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act.

            McLaughlin also noted that this finding is another blow to hard-working, middle-class families who were just hit with a two percent increase in their Social Security taxes.

            “The Public Assistance Integrity Act is a common-sense reform to our welfare system that ensures taxpayer money will be spent properly,” said McLaughlin. “By complying with federal standards, New York will receive the critical funding it needs to support families that truly need a helping hand in these tough economic times.”

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of RensselaerColumbia and Washington counties. For more information, please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s official website.

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