Among the Needy, Car Ownership Can be Key to Moving Up
"In many states, welfare laws limit what aid recipients can spend on cars. In California, they can't own a car worth more than $4,650, a dollar value set in the mid-'90s.
That forces people to choose: buy a clunker, or go without a car to remain eligible for public assistance. This month, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill to lift the cap, citing concern over its potential effect on the state budget."