Hawley says 90-day residency requirement needed for welfare applicants

Posted 18 May 2016 at 12:00 am

Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) today bashed downstate members of the Assembly’s Social Services Committee for blocking legislation to curb the bloating and rampant abuse of New York’s welfare programs.

The bill, A.3960 (click here), authored by Hawley, would place a 90 day residency requirement on individuals applying for social services benefits in the state.

“New York is quickly becoming the nationwide safe haven for those looking to live off of our state’s taxpayers,” Hawley said. “Nearly a third of our state’s budget, over $50 billion, is spent on Medicaid alone, and we spent more on Medicaid in 2014 than Texas and Florida combined.

“It is for these reasons that people are moving into our state and immediately applying for social services, which places an added burden on taxpayers and perpetuates rampant abuse that people are sick and tired of. By enacting a 90-day residency requirement, we can assure individuals are moving here permanently, will pay taxes for an extended period of time, and contribute to society instead of taking free handouts from the government.”