Jones said he realizes that, even if the new proposal becomes law, there would be no way to guarantee welfare cash assistance isn’t used at strip clubs or liquor stores – just as there is no way to guarantee welfare cash isn’t used at casinos. Cash could still be withdrawn other ATMs and then spent inside those locations.
However, Jones said, making the process more difficult would likely lead to less abuse.
Monthly food assistance in Michigan is based on income, how many people are in their household and other criteria. Funds are made available on a Michigan Bridge Card, which like a debit card is swiped through electronic reader when buying groceries.
Roughly 1.9 million Michigan residents – nearly 20 percent of the state’s population – are covered by the program.