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Old 05-07-2009, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Southern NH
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Default MA: free cars for welfare recipients

If you are on welfare in MA, you can get a free car. Free insurance, free repairs. Heck, they'll throw in free AAA. It costs the state $400k per year. This is happening in a state that is in a fiscal crisis and is looking at raising the income tax, the sales tax, the gas tax, and/or tolls.

Free cars for poor fuel road rage - BostonHerald.com

What a country!
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Texas
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If I lived in Massachusetts, this would make me leave the state. Luckily I do not.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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The Boston Herald is a reliable source of complete nonsense like "cars for Welfare"
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:51 AM
 
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The Boston Herald is a reliable source of complete nonsense like "cars for Welfare"

Are you stating that this is a complete fabrication?
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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This is insane. Massachusetts, especially the metro Boston area, has good public transportation. The welfare recipients could manage to take the bus, commuter rail, or subway to work, I'm sure.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:16 AM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I would suggest reading the article before commenting. It's not as cut and dried as the OP implies.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:19 AM
 
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If I lived in Massachusetts, this would make me leave the state. Luckily I do not.
It has only validated my move out of there and knowing MA, the insurance probably costs more than the cars.
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Here
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The Boston Herald is a reliable source of complete nonsense like "cars for Welfare"
Yes. If one hates the message, you must attack the source.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Southern NH
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The Boston Herald is a reliable source of complete nonsense like "cars for Welfare"
Got anything to refute this allegation?

Is this state Senator lying:

Its mind-boggling. Youve got people out there saying, I just lost my job. Hey, can I get a free car, too? said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading).

Is the current DTA Commissioner, part of the Deval Patrick administration, lying:

"The program, which is provided by the State Department of Transitional Assistance, gives out about 65 cars a year, said DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe....

If you look at the overall picture, this helps make sure people arent staying on cash assistance. Its a relatively short payment for a long-term benefit, Kehoe said."

BTW, you may not like the Boston Herald but it is not circling the drain like the Boston Globe where columnists have made up stories (Mike Barnacle).

The annual cost is $6,000 per car! That seems like a lot considering the cars are donated. Must be the insurance, gas money, inspection, excise tax, AAA membership....
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:16 PM
Status: "Fall is in the air-too soon!" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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From the link:

Kehoe defended the program, saying the state breaks even by cutting welfare payments to the family - about $6,000 a year.
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