Update May 25th: New data, but Maryland still at #2 for food stamp fraud out of 50 states, here. (Hat tip: Judy)
Update: More related information this morning from the Maryland Reporter on problems with county social service agencies, here.
That is what the Maryland Reporter told us yesterday (hat tip: Cathy):
The number of Maryland families who need government help to make ends meet has reached record levels.
More than 700,000 people receive food assistance, the most in state history. A record 70,000 people depend on emergency cash assistance. And the demand for the state’s child care subsidy program has caused officials to impose an indefinite freeze on new applicants.
Be sure to visit the article and check out the interactive Maryland map which shows the worst places in the state for drawing government aid.
I think a couple of things are happening to elevate these numbers. First, Maryland is “welcoming” impoverished immigrants who draw heavily on welfare. I just reported a few days ago about a meeting in Washington County where “Latinos” were looking for their “services.” Also, remember the report about increasing poverty from the immigrant influx in Montgomery County, here. Obama doesn’t help either with all of his redistribution talk!
And, don’t forget! we have one of the highest fraud rates in the Nation for food stamp usage, here.