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GOP lawmakers call for tightening welfare payments

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ST. PAUL -- Two Republican legislators want to crack down on what they call welfare waste, but Democrats say their idea likely would cost more than it saves.

Sen. Doug Magnus of Slayton and Rep. Kurt Daudt of Crown introduced bills Thursday that would prohibit out-of-state purchases with electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards, restrict what the cards can be used to buy and forbid welfare recipients using the cards to get cash.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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