Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is downplaying the Department of Transitional Assistance admission that it could not locate 19,000 people who have either been receiving welfare benefits or have applied for them, saying the number represents a "broader class of people than those who are actually on the rolls today."
At a news conference, the Governor kept referring to the number of people whose addresses could not be located as just "four percent" of the mailings.
This was discovered after nearly half a million letters were sent out to settle a lawsuit filed against Massachusetts last year in part by the liberal think tank, "Demos."
The Department of Transitional Assistance says 19,000 letters came back, marked "Return to Sender."
A spokesman for the Executive Office of Health & Human Services says 11,262 people were either already off the rolls or had never been approved for benefits. It also says 7,738 were returned with forwarding addresses. Still, Governor Patrick says people should continue to have confidence in the state's ability to oversee welfare benefits...
The group filed suit against Massachusetts because the DTA was not giving welfare recipients the opportunity to register to vote. That suit was filed on behalf of a Lowell woman who said she was never offered an opportunity to register to vote.
As part of the settlement, the state agreed to mail out 478,000 letters to welfare recipients, at a cost of $276,000. The daughter of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Amelia Tyagi, is chairwoman of the Board of the advocacy group. During the senate campaign, then Senator Scott Brown criticized the state, arguing the mass mailing was a plan to push more democrat voters to the polls.
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Editor's Note: As if they were ever there before...This is what happens when government tries to be all things to all people...
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