From NY Daily Balance:
In remarks sure to evoke empathy from hardworking taxpayers, Paterson cited NY’s rising unemployment as the best justification for the [welfare] hike, even though the vast majority of jobless would never even considering asking for the benefit.
Paterson doesn’t mention, though, that in addition to the grant increase, he also approved changes to welfare that unravel many of the reforms that helped reduce the size of the relief dole to levels unseen since the 1930s.
Paterson’s signature undid a requirement for fingerprinting of welfare applicants, a measure designed to root out double dippers.
Democrats said the requirement was unnecessary, since it had turned up only a few cheats in recent years.
But that’s precisely the point.
Who is going to apply if they know their going to get caught double dipping?
Paterson’s other welfare “reforms” also eliminate a “workfare” requirement for college students and many able-bodied single men and women that advocates felt was denigrating.