By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa has a new strategy for preventing welfare recipients from using their electronic benefit transfer cards in liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs — sending a letter to the welfare recipients telling them not to do it.Read More →
n 1973, then California Gov. Ronald Reagan said government officials derive their “ultimate authority from the people. And we have an obligation to make sure that in carrying out our responsibilities, we do so at a price they can afford.” Forty years later some in Iowa government are shirking that responsibility.Read More →
SANTA FE — New Mexico legislators took a step Friday, Feb. 1, to rein in abuse of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards that Jim Scarantino of New Mexico Watchdog highlighted in recent months.Read More →
Iowa lawmakers and taxpayers have no way of knowing where and how welfare recipients spend roughly $100 million a year in federal and state money.Read More →
Booze, blackjack, butts and babes.
New Mexico welfare funds turned up in surprising places in a two month period of EBT card transactions examined by New Mexico Watchdog.
The money is supposed to be used for life’s essentials to help needy New Mexico families with children. A prior report showed transactions on New Mexico-issued EBT cards in [...]
From bustling Miami to sleepy Goffstown, New Hampshire, from San Diego to Minneapolis, recipients of New Mexico’s welfare funds use their state-issued EBT cards every day to spend money far from the Land of Enchantment. In a two month period examined by New Mexico Watchdog expenditures of the state’s welfare funds occurred in 45 states.