5/10: Prepaid benefits cards?

Moderated by Rick Badie

Paper checks and direct deposit are the only way Georgians receive unemployment benefits. Today, a guest writer suggests the state could cut costs and reduce inefficiencies by issuing prepaid cards for the distribution of benefits. The other essay deals with new efforts to serve the “unbanked” and the “underbanked” — a substantial population in this state due in part to our immigrant communities and the current economy.

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May 10th, 2012
3:25 pm

If I read the opinions of Ms McCutchen and Tescher correctly, I, as an employer and taxpayer, am supposed to make it easier for some folks to receive benefits, to minimize their inconveniences, to unburden them and remove distress caused by their unemployment. Well. There was a time when I was burdened by life’s inconveniences and I didn’t get diddly from anybody. So I’m a just a little impatient with folks that sit on their tushes and expect to be “convenienced” by the system; by the system that’s paid for by working taxpayers and employers.

Hillbilly D

May 9th, 2012
10:48 pm

Fees for ATM withdrawals and other transactions may apply,

Sounds like the banks will be the main beneficiary from this.


May 9th, 2012
10:35 pm

Today our government revealed that a tax loophole abused by undocumented workers cost has now cost us over a billion dollars. Seems they are claiming 11 + dependents and the IRS doesn’t check for truth. The public has known the economic advantage they have had and yet the AJC and Badie accused of us being “Racist” or going south.
So before we do any other government help for anyone lets get our house in order so that we may live to help others in the future without bankrupting our childrends future.
People who come here without respecting our laws are unethical and are on the take for all they can get. Oh wait…………..here comes the “its not their fault” your a racist.


May 9th, 2012
8:29 pm

pre-paid cards are a rip off. There are all kinds of fees attached to the withdrawal or use of funds on the card. Way to kick a person in the gut while they are already down on their luck “guest writer”.


May 9th, 2012
7:25 pm

It seems that part of the problem with the “Unbanked” is the reluctance to save. I have counseled more than one employee who had financial problems and the common factor was always no formal savings plan. These employees would often complain about not having money for various emergencies while at the same time driving nice cars, taking costly vacations, wearing designer clothes, or possessing the latest electronic gadget. Maintaining a financially sound lifestyle requires discipline and sacrifice and regrettably many people lack these qualities.