welfare

Kansas SNAPs streak of rising food stamp errors

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Kansas, News  /  No Comments

SNAP'd: After several years of rising errors, Kansas has finally managed to get its SNAP payments under control.

Kansas flubbed more than $18.9 million in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Payments during FY2013.

But hey, look on the bright side, the state has finally managed to snap its streak of rising payment errors stretching back to 2010.

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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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BadgerCare may cost millions more than expected

By   /  May 22, 2014  /  Wisconsin  /  No Comments

JOBS: The Council of Economic Advisors says expanding Medicaid would create 63,800 new jobs.

If current enrollment figures hold, state taxpayers would pay $63 million more than budgeted for BadgerCare through June 2015.

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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 Watchdog.org investigation has made one [...]

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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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