Gov. Deval Patrick’s free wheels for welfare recipients program is revving up despite the stalled economy, as the keys to donated cars loaded with state-funded insurance, repairs and even AAA membership are handed out to get them to work.
But the program - fueled by a funding boost despite the state’s fiscal crash - allows those who end up back on welfare to keep the cars anyway.
The state pays for the car’s insurance, inspection, excise tax, title, registration, repairs and a AAA membership for one year at a total cost of roughly $6,000 per car.At least this is only MA. I hope the President doesn't hear about this. I'll bet he could get a federal program going for the measly sum of $150 billion or so.
If we had a national program of cars for welfare people the possibilities for this are endless. Would loud stereos and fancy gold rims be included? You can't expect welfare people to drive to a job without those can you? Maybe the package should include a cell phone with unlimited minutes so they can call AAA. Seeing as this is in Massachusetts maybe they should include a life preserver in the package in case an ambitious future senator is on the program.