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    Louisiana's spending on Medicaid, the health program for the poor, grew 400 percent while health outcomes for the poor didn't budge. This Times-Picayune series investigates where the money went discovering how close associates of the governor, members of the Louisiana Legislature, and the secretary of Health and Hospitals made millions by exploiting and breaking Medicaid rules. (Feb. 12 - Sept. 22, 1995)
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    The Miami Herald investigates a prominent South Dade farmer, paid millions by Metro to landscape county roadways, who charged taxpayers for towering royal palms while planting shorter, cheaper trees. Driven by Metro commisioners, the county is on a palm-buying spree, spending millions of dollars in gasoline taxes to green county roadways. The trees are like political bacon, brough home by commisioners to their districts. (April 25, 1996)
  • Educational spending: Repealing mandates no quick fix

    This Sunday Record story discusses the repealing of mandates as a first step toward school reform. A Record investigation found that the elimination of mandates can only be effective if done in combination with other measures.
  • Day of Reckoning

    When Lancaster city officials revealed that the city's independent auditors had discovered that Lancaster had ended fiscal 1994 with a deficit of $1.7 million, Janice Stork, the city's mayor, blamed the deficit on Robert Bolton, the city's director of finances. Bloton was immediately dismissed. The Sunday news investigated the city's finances and discovered that the city had been overspending for five years, but had managed to balance city books by drawing down reserve funds.
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    The Philadelphia Inquirer investigates a five part series on the Delaware River Port Authority becoming a a prime repository of political jobs. The Authority is a recession-proof patronage machine where the right references, or relatives, can be a lot more important than a resume. (Sept. 12 - 16,1995)
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    The Post-Gazette analyzes Pennsylvania's legislative approval for a gas tax increase of up to 8 cents a gallon, appropriating one cent of that to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in addition to the 0.7 cents the quasi-state agency now receives. Critics contend that most of this spending was unnecessary or excessive. (Nov.5,1995)
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    In California, you can dismiss a conviction for wife beating by merely spending a weekend at the Holiday Inn attending a seminar. ABC News investigates how the courts deal with men who beat women. Even when court-ordered programs for abusive men are well run and have a record of success, nothing happens to those who don't show up. And what's worse, many judges don't seem to care, even when the no-show rate approaches 75 percent. (Feb. 2, 1995)
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    This Prime Time Live two-part investigation examined public school education primarily from the perspective of teachers and students. Part 1 documented problems of wasteful spending and red tape in school districts across the United States, including districts in California, New York, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, Washington D.C., Michigan. (May 3, 1995)
  • Marks' Travel

    KCTV-TV finds that "Kansas City School Superintendent Walter Marks, one of the highest paid superintendents in the country, misused his district credit card and advances, didn't repay the district in a timely fashion, and used the expenses for personal reasons." The investigation "also uncovered a history of questionable spending habits in other districts."
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    The Gainesville Sun investigates the financial, structural and management problems at Alachua County's 18 - month - old, $29 million jail. The Sun discovered jail spending mismanagement, numerous jail design flaws, alreadying contributing to one escape, and low staff morale due to unfair disciplinary actions after the escape. (Sept. 13 - 15)