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  •  Bus ticket welfare nothing new (6+ / 0-)

    This used to be standard practice in many places -- when someone applied for assistance (in NH, for "town welfare"), they would be given a bus ticket to go somewhere else, rather than housing help or anything else that would keep them in that community. It's a remnant of the 18th-century "warning out" laws that said that if you needed financial support, you could only get it in the last town where you were a legal resident -- and the town you were living in would issue a "warning out" order telling you to go back where you came from.

    It was a particular burden on freed former slaves, as the last place they wanted to live was the town where they had been enslaved, but they had difficulty establishing legal residence in the cities (where jobs existed).

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