"California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state,"
the Los Angeles Times reports. In a Web follow-up, the paper adds:
California welfare recipients withdrew more than $1.8 million in taxpayer cash on casino floors between October 2009 and May 2010, state officials said Thursday.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also issued an executive order Thursday requiring welfare recipients to sign a pledge that they will use their cash benefits only to "meet the basic subsistence needs" of their families.
A pledge. Yeah, that'll work. While he's at it, why not make welfare recipients spend their money on tickets for the California Lottery? That way, over a third of it will go to public education!