TANF is the program that gives cash assistance. That money is given at taxpayer expense to provide for basic needs. I wouldn't call a lottery ticket a basic need.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program helps families with children whose parents or responsible caregiver cannot provide for the family's basic needs.
About not being able to use Food Stamps to buy Lotto tickets, that is exactly what we are saying. Just because you are on food stamps does not give the government and right to tell you what you can or can not do with the rest of your money. If there is a cash assistance program then it should also work in such a way that it is on a special card that it can monitor what it will accept or not such as how the food stamps/ebt card works. You can not/should not dictate what someone spends their cash/check on.
Yep, I'm gonna go there.
So if you are on public assistance, do you lose your right to own a gun? Or are the bullets a necessity?
Who gets to decide what is "necessary" or "essential"?
I guess it just comes across to me that if you are on assistance, your life should miserable. I owe people money too. I am paid through taxes. You don't need to take my inventory and judge the fact that I bought a $5 scratcher this morning.
Texas HHSC: Cash Help for FamiliesQuote:
Monthly cash payments help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment, medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid and other basic needs.
But what this law states is that it is up for the store owner to not sell to those known to be accepting welfare payments. So, if the store owner knows that I (hypothetically) get assistance and my mom gives me 5.00 to buy a few scratch tickets or a lottery ticket...they can't sell to me? So now gift money is not up to me? Not cool.