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What oversight? Iowa won’t track welfare card use

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

IOWA WRITES A LETTER: Instead of tracking the use of EBT cards, the Iowa Department of Human Services has decided the best way to keep welfare recipients from using their cards at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs is to write them a letter telling them not to do it.

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.

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Open up IA: Don’t shield welfare transactions

By   /  April 18, 2013  /  Commentary, Iowa  /  No Comments


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.

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No more strip clubs! NM moves to curb welfare abuse

By   /  February 2, 2013  /  New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

DOLLARS IN DANGER: Some $5.5 million in federal money is in jeopardy if New Mexico doesn't get in compliance with federal guidelines for restrictions on EBT cards.

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.

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IA: Welfare money flows to recipients without state oversight

By   /  January 9, 2013  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Iowa, Issues, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  2 Comments

State leaders don't track where welfare recipients use their EBT cards, which are loaded with taxpayer dollars.

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.

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New Mexico EBT Funds Used In Liquor Stores, Casinos, Smoke Shops, and Hooters

By   /  November 28, 2012  /  New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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 […]

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NM Welfare Funds Spent Far Beyond State’s Borders

By   /  November 16, 2012  /  New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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. […]

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