Spending Off the Hook: Free Phones Costing Taxpayers $2.1 Billion Per Year

You’re probably familiar with the food stamp program which grew from $35 billion in 2008 to $75 billion last year. But did you know that getting food stamps also makes you eligible for a free government cell phone?

A program called Lifeline provides free phones and free monthly minutes to anyone on food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, Head Start, and several other government programs. And just like food stamps, Lifeline (aka “phone stamps”) has been growing by leaps and bounds since 2008, at significant cost to taxpayers.

via Spending Off the Hook: Free Phones Costing Taxpayers $2.1 Billion Per Year.

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