ALBANY – Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R – Chautauqua) today introduced a budget amendment to the state budget that would penalize welfare recipients who misuse Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. The amendment would have prohibited the use of EBT cards to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or lottery tickets, and prohibited the use of EBT cards at a liquor store, casino, or adult entertainment facility. Goodell issued the following statement:
“One of my top priorities as an assemblyman is to stop abuse of our state’s welfare system. This budget amendment would have ensured that public assistance money intended to help families in need does not get spent on vices that hurt families.
“Although the original legislation had bi-partisan support, the amendment was rejected largely by a party line vote. I remain committed to restoring integrity to our state’s welfare system. New York taxpayers deserve a welfare system that is free of abuse and helps lift families out of poverty and dependence on government.”