According to the EBT Commission report, 85% of EBT benefits, or $77 Million in a three month period between October and Dec. 2011, were translated into cash at ATMs, as opposed to being used at point of sale purchase for food, clothes, etc.
So what difference does a ban on EBT cards at liquor stores, strip clubs and nail salons make?
Is EBT refom anything more than lip service as long as the majority of benefits are being translated directly into cash?
Join in today’s Friday Throwdown over at the Herald at noon. Clearly there will be many who say dump the whole program, but what’s the best defense for leaving the cash option intact?
And if it needs to be adjusted, how?