Monday, January 7, 2013

House GOP Members React to “Missing” Welfare Recipients

In case you missed it, State Representatives Brad Jones (R-North Reading), Betty Poirier (North Attleboro), and Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton) recently weighed in on Massachusetts’ inability to locate 19,000 welfare recipients.

Representative Jones spoke with the Boston Herald, Representative Poirier was interviewed by NECN reporter Alison King, and Representative O’Connell appeared on Fox News’ show On the Record to provide insight into the recent revelation that the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) is unable to account for the whereabouts of 19,000 recipients of taxpayer-funded transitional assistance.

As you may remember, this egregious misuse of taxpayer dollars came to light through a voter information effort led by the Commonwealth at a cost of $274,000. In reaching out to a reported 477,000 welfare recipients with the hope of obtaining new voter registration, 19,000 “Return to sender, address unknown” envelopes started to appear in the DTA’s mailbox.

Click here to view Representative O’Connell’s segment with Greta Van Susteren in its entirety.

Play the video below to watch Representative Poirier's interview on NECN

See below to read Representative Jones' comments to the Boston Herald in their entirety.
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