Amazingly, there are libs who are opposed to bans like this.


Iowa has a new strategy for preventing welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit transfer cards in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs — sending a letter to the welfare recipients telling them not to do it.

The strategy actually is an improvement over what the state had been doing, which was nothing.

Until February, Iowa’s Family Investment Program had no restrictions on how the cash assistance it paid out could be spent or where its EBT cash cards could be used. Because there were no restrictions, FIP’s parent, the Iowa Department of Human Services, never bothered to track EBT card transactions.

The Family Investment Program receives almost half its funds from the federal government’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. A 2012 federal law requires states taking federal dollars to take actions to prevent EBT cards from being used in liquor stores, casinos and “any retail establishment which provides adult-oriented entertainment in which performers disrobe.”

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