Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

Shutdown? NM seems OK on the state level, but federal workers will feel the pinch

By   /  September 30, 2013  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – The good news about a possible government shutdown? It won’t affect the vast majority of people in New Mexico, even most state employees.
The bad news? Since the state’s economy is so heavily reliant on federal dollars, a shutdown centered in Washington, D.C., will have more financial [...]

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EBT cards at strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos? It’s still OK here in NM UPDATE: ‘We ran out of time,’ Sanchez says

By   /  March 21, 2013  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

A bill aimed at curbing abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards sailed through the state House of Representatives and two Senate committees but was never heard on the Senate floor in the just-completed 60-day legislative session.
And that could mean a loss of an estimated $5.5 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Familes (TANF) funding for [...]

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Still OK to use welfare benefits at New Mexico strip clubs

By   /  March 21, 2013  /  New Mexico, News, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Part 8 of 15 in the series Welfare Abuse

By Rob Nikolewski | New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE — A bill aimed at curbing abuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards sailed through the state House of Representatives and two Senate committees but was never heard on the Senate floor in the just-completed 60-day legislative session.
And that could mean a loss of an estimated $5.5 [...]

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EBT reform bill breezes through the House; Gov approves

By   /  February 6, 2013  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

The state is a little bit closer to getting its electronic benefits transaction (EBT) debit card usage in sync with the federal government.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque, on a 63-0 vote and shortly after the vote was tallied, Gov. Susana Martinez’s office e-mailed New Mexico [...]

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No more strip clubs! State taking modest step to curb EBT abuse

By   /  February 2, 2013  /  Capitol Report, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

Roundhouse 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.
In his series of Watchdog reports, Scarantino pored over documents showing the EBT cards — which are supposed to be used for life’s essentials to help needy [...]

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EBT Abuse Continued In 2012

By   /  December 18, 2012  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

Welfare money tapped in an Albuquerque strip club.  Cash withdrawals of welfare funds inside an El Paso casino, a movie theater, a nightclub, Hooters, smoke shops and liquor stores around the country.
The same suspicious transactions on EBT cards we observed at the end of 2011 continued into 2012.  You can read our first two reports [...]

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