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    The Herald-Journal examined how the Resource Recovery Agency, charged with overseeing completion of a tracsh incinerator, opening a landfill and recycling garbage for 470,000 people, spends the public's money. The investigation found the agency exercised weak oversight of spending by outside lawyers, engineers and financial consultants. It approved hundreds of thousands of dollars in vaguely documented bills while overlooking overbillings and double billings. (July 9 - 10, 1995)
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    The Birmingham News breaks down how the federal government in Alabama spent $21.2 billion the previous year and what budget cuts would do, including results of reader call-ins on their experience with fraud and abuse and inviting readers to try a special computer program to try their hand at balancing the budget. (Feb. 19, March 5, 19, April 23, May 7, 21, June 25, July 9, 30, Sept. 17, 1995)
  • Casino political clout soars

    The Daily Herald investigation on state political contributions from gambling interests was the first in-depth look into how much the four-year - old Illinois' riverboat casino industry was funneling into state government. The report also was the first major piece to examine the political spending habits of Richard Duchossois, perhaps the single-most influential Republican contributor in state government. (Oct 17 - 19, 1995)
  • The Lobbyists

    The WISH-TV investigation outlined major loopholes in Indiana's lobbying disclosure law, finding that lobbyists don't have to discolse spending on media campaigns meant to influence legislative outcomes. (July 6, Nov. 13, 14, 15 & 16, 1995)
  • 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."