California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs

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    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who learned of the issue when asked to comment for this story, promised to take immediate action.

    "We have instructed our vendors to prohibit these cards from being accepted at ATMs located in casinos and card rooms," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Wednesday. "It is reprehensible that anyone would use taxpayer money for anything other than its intended purpose."

    Administration officials said the social services agency contracts with a private ATM network to handle the electronic transfer of benefits to people on welfare, and hadn't noticed that the taxpayer money was being withdrawn at gambling establishments.

    McLear said the system of paying out welfare benefits via bank cards was created under Schwarzenegger's predecessor, Democrat Gray Davis. Since the late 1990s most states have adopted this system, which is a viewed as a more efficient way of distributing and tracking government aid.

    California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs - latimes.com
     
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    californicators reprehensible? naaaawwww :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Yep that privitization of govt services works out really well?
     

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