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  • Hospital Corruption: "Salaries First, Patients Last"; "Hospital Secrets"

    The series exposed Schneider Regional Medical Center's top executives' self-dealing and lavish pay, perks and the tragic result: The public hospital's cancer center was left so cash-strapped it could not pay for medicine and radiation equipment. The Daily News also revealed that more than $2.4 million in charity donations to the hospital's cancer center is missing, and the hospital cannot produce documentation to explain the numerous large withdrawals from bank accounts and entities that were specifically created to receive those donations. The investigation also found that two top hospital executives had criminal records, which were not disclosed when they were hired.
  • Department thrifty despite salary growth

    "The impetus for the project was Florida's budget crisis. Governments are cutting services like libraries and street sweeping to help balance the state's budget. But between 2001 and 2006, governments were overloaded with money, and we wanted to see what they spent it on. Sheriff's Offices seemed like a logical case study. Some offices were judicious in their spending; others, such as the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, bought souped-up SUVs for high ranking officers."
  • Lobbyists

    A look at how lobbyists are spending money on state lawmakers and comparing Arizona's laws to other states. It was found that lobbyists have legal perks such as group event tickets to concerts, free meals at expensive restaurants and fancy out of town trips. Also, 15 years after a major scandal, the Arizona laws are found to be full of loopholes.
  • Congress's Private Air Force

    Being a part of Congress has its perks. Congress men and women often use lobbyists, businesses, and donors to get bargain airline flights on corporate jets. Also they have "the opportunity to be feted virtually every meal of the week" by lobbyists and corporations.
  • High Flying Perks

    As automakers took more financial hits in 2006 that led to layoffs and cost-cutting, company executives asserted that they too would cut down on their personal budgets. But WXYZ-TV found out that the executives did nothing to reduce their use of corporate jets and fuel in trips costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. The eight-month investigation uncovered situations like that of Ford CEO BIll Ford, Jr. He accepted a yearly salary of only a dollar, and used company planes for personal trips to the tune of $297,201 in a single year. Ford president Mark Fields is tasked with cutting costs in the company, yet used the planes on many weekends to take trips from Detroit to his mansion in Florida at a cost of between $50,000 and $70,000 each weekend.
  • Fire Alarm

    Long Island, the last densely-populated region of the country served almost exlusively by volunteer firefighters, is now paying as much for its small-town service as many U.S. cities do for fully paid departments. In their efforts to cope with waning volunteerism, fire departments here spend extraordinary sums on premium trucks and equipment,travel junkets, enormous firehouses and costly perks- and for paid staff who answer calls, but are hired under every title but firefighter. Despite all the spending, most volunteer fire departments are not getting fire crews to respond as fast as volunteer standards say they should.
  • Executive Pay and Perks series

    In a time when employee pensions and benefits are being cut, top corporate executives are not feel any of the pain. They have multimillion-dollar pay packages, corporate jets to use for fun, and other benefits, while they evade paying their fare share of taxes.
  • Free Housing

    This investigation revealed that local governments in the Kansas City area were allowing public employees -- and in some cases, their friends -- to live in government-owned housing rent-free. In one instance, this arrangement was referred to as a perk that should have been subject to taxation, but wasn't declared to the IRS.
  • A Failure to Protect: Maryland's Troubled Group Homes

    About 2,700 youths live in 330 privately-run group homes in Maryland. Although the state licenses, funds and supposedly regulates the homes, it fails to adequately protect the interests of children or of the taxpayers who are paying for their care. Children suffer abuse and neglect in the absence of strong state oversight. Regulators often license unqualified operators and then rely largely on them to police themselves. Some owners collect high salaries, enjoy expensive perks and reward friends and relatives with lucrative jobs or contracts, all paid for by the state.
  • The PERA Puzzle

    The Rocky Mountain News reveals how at a time when Colorado's Public Employees' Retirement Association went from a surplus to drastic underfunding jeopardizing its members' retirement, the staff and board ensured their own retirement security and financial health through generous perks and an extensive travel policy.