From the NY Daily Balance:
The number of New Yorkers getting food stamps has hit a 15-year high, thanks to an aggressive effort by state and NYC officials to seek out new recipients by mining government databanks for anyone who might be eligible.
The number of food stanmp recipients jumped 25 percent just since last year, and more than 1.5 million New Yorkers are getting the benefit, the highest since then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani led a crackdown as part of welfare reform.
That was then. This is now.
Gov. Paterson and his Democrat allies in the Senate and Assembly have been systematically dismantling those reforms to encourage more New Yorkers to get on the dole.
They already wiped out an antifraud fingerprinting provision that heped trim welfare rolls to historic lows by purging double dippers.
As part of this year’s budget, they loosened the workfare requirements so full-time college students could collect a welfare check while attending classes.
This month, Paterson unilaterally decided to use $140 million in deferal stimulus money (that’s supposed to create jobs) to give generous back-to-school bonuses to welfare moms, with no accountability and without even telling them what the money was for.
It's called tweeding.