Mississippi school districts expand free lunch program

By   /  September 8, 2014  /  Mississippi  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

There’s an old saying that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Well, there is and more kids in Mississippi are going to be receiving a benefit from the federal government’s National School Lunch Program.

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Ohio caseworkers to get bonuses for simply doing their jobs

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Commentary, Ohio  /  No Comments

dollars in a human hand

There was a nice bonus included in Ohio’s Mid-Biennium Budget Review bill – literally. A section in House Bill 483 established a new bonus program for county Job & Family Service caseworkers who do their job.

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Programa de beneficios sociales en Florida permite comprar alcohol

By   /  April 11, 2014  /  Florida En Español  /  No Comments


Por William Patrick | Florida Watchdog TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Algunos residentes de Florida pueden estar usando las tarjetas EBT (tarjeta de transferencia electrónica de beneficios) para comprar licor, lo cual es ilegal. Bajo el contexto federal que muestra un aumento en las solicitudes de asistencia social, hace un año, los legisladores de Florida, declararon ilegal utilizar […]

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Week in Review: Hidden public records and bulletproof vests

By   /  March 28, 2014  /  Virginia  /  No Comments

This week, public records remain hidden, even from the government audits.

By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau This week, public records remain hidden, and a county supervisor called for bulletproof vests in a feisty Facebook exchange. A new poll revealed that Virginians are more concerned about economic issues than Medicaid. This is your week in review. Virginia hides public records behind third-party contract A two-month […]

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Virginia hides public records behind third-party contract

By   /  March 28, 2014  /  News, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

TANF TRANSPARENCY? No way. Not even the state can track the use of welfare dollars to make sure nothing illegal is happening.

A two-month Watchdog.org investigation has made one thing clear — Virginia’s contract with a third-party company to manage welfare transaction data means no one can check to see if people are breaking the law.

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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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