From the Daily News:
...state lawmakers keep dreaming up ways to exempt welfare recipients from having to contribute to their own keep.
One proposal would end work requirements for able-bodied adults on food stamps.
Another would let welfare recipients get second opinions from their own doctors after a city physician deemed them fit for work.
A third would empower people on the dole to turn down job placements that don't pay a "living wage" - defined as $17 an hour for a single mother with two children.
A fourth would let college students on welfare off the hook by counting time spent in class and on homework as employment.
Each of these measures undermines the core message of workfare - that healthy adults have to take responsibility for themselves and their families, and that almost any job is preferable to a life of dependency.
In years past, the Democratic-led Assembly would approve bad bills like these only to have them die in the Republican-led Senate. But now that Dems rule in both houses, chances for passage have risen dramatically.