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  • New Pathways

    The story is about a state funded program for former foster children, now ages 18 - 21, who get a free apartment and ninety dollars spending money a week to help them transition into independence while still able to take classes or training. The investigation revealed that some participants of the New Pathways program were getting arrested for crimes like assault with weapons, theft, sexual assault, etc. (June 27, 1995)
  • White Neighborhood Parks Worth More Need More Repairs

    A computer-assisted investigation by the Chicago Reporter finds that conditions of parks in the city's white wards were better, but had more costly repairs because more structures were built in those parks. The investigation also shows how a decade of court-ordered spending in poor and minority neighborhoods has paid off. (September, 1995)
  • The Cuts Hit Home

    The Gazette Telegraph investigates the federal government's proposed spending cuts, and finds that many of the cuts will be to programs that many voters are least willings to give up. May 23, 1995
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    A Tribune-Review examination of the most recent round of Legislative Initiative Grants--commonly known as Walking Around Money or WAM grants--reveals that lawmakers initiated $24.7 million in WAM spending the first six months of this year for a vast array of projects. WAM is tax money set aside annually for legislative leaders to dole out to individual lawmakers, who in turn distribute the money to pet lawmakers. (Oct. 1994) Also see file #8872 for the 1993 WAM report.
  • Kids hurt in budget 'deals'

    The Tri-State Defender multi-day coverage of a dispute between Memphis Mayor W.W. Herenton and the city council with the school board about city/county/school budget funds and spending. "Memphis schools face double-whammy in proposed lopsided funding swap with the county, and a proposed bond repayment plan to city...."
  • Pretend Paupers

    Florida Trend Magazine reports that "Florida's Medicaid program is turning into a middle-class and well-to-do inheritance protection scheme. Who pays? The taxpayers and poor, sick children..... Financed jointly by the states and the federal government, Medicaid was established in 1965 to pay for the medical needs of the indigent poor, including long-term nursing-home care. But today, the program is rapidly gentrifying, as middle-class and well-to-do families learn how to rearrange assets to get around Medicaid's strict means test."
  • Homeless: On the streets of Erie

    Morning News reporter Kevin Flowers investigates the homeless situation in Erie by spending five days and nights living on the streets. Left to fend for himself, Flowers details every day of this five-part series.
  • Contract with the Valley

    The Fresno Bee looks at how federal money is spent in the San Joaquin Valley. "Congress is trying to reduce government spending and regulations, but can the Valley live without the federal government and the billions of dollars it pumps into local economies?... A computer study by The Bee shows that federal funds reach into every level of Valley life..."
  • Healing in 3 Nations: Care at What Cost?

    The Philadelphia Inquirer's five-part series reports that " Americans pay more than people in other advanced countries, but aren't healthier. Canada and Germany get good care for less. ... Other advanced countries manage to insure everybody, fairly and equally. The U.S. leaves one in seven people completely uninsured and many more insured for just a portion of their needs. Those other countries do what we cannot because, over the years, they've made hard choices -- choices we are only now, reluctantly, starting to consider....."
  • Medi-Cal: The New Gold Rush

    The San Diego Union-Tribune's five-part series reports that use of California's Medi-Cal system by Mexican citizens and other non-U.S. residents has grown progressively, even as California has been forced to reduce spending on the program that covers medical care for the poor.