Facing $1 billion deficit, Arizona sharply limits welfare
By RYAN VAN VELZER
PHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona's Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation.
Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 months.
"I tell my kids all the time that the decisions we make have rewards or consequences, and if I don't ever let them face those consequences, they can't get back on the path to rewards," Republican Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, said during debate on the budget. "As a society, we are encouraging people at times to make poor decisions and then we reward them."
Monday, May 18, 2015
His ass-backwards notions of social causality is reflected in the GOP's decision to eliminate some from the welfare rolls:
Posted by Steve J. at 7:49 PM