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Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria addresses media Thursday at the state Capitol in St. Paul. The senator said he plans to introduce a bill to tighten down on what Minnesotans on welfare can purchase. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Lawmakers call for tightening of welfare payments


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 some out-of-state purchases with electronic benefits transfer cards, restrict what the EBT 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.