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  • 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.
  • Welfare: The Challenge of Change

    The Commercial Appeal reports that "while details are far from settled, the broad outlines of welfare reform - spending caps, time limits, work requirements and block grants - promise big changes in Shelby County, where one of every four families with children under 18 draws a monthly welfare check. But welfare is more than cash. Many members of Congress consider food stamps, commodities, school lunches, housing subsidies, job training, child care and health insurance as forms of welfare...."
  • Little Kingdoms: Local Government at Your Expense

    The Herald-Leader's nine-part series looks at how taxpayers lose to local politics. The six-month investigation found that audits and recent scandals reflect only part of the problem and that larger problems included the hiring of relatives by officeholders for county jobs, questionable contracts, wasteful spending, potential conflicts of interest, inequities in which roads are paved and a system of local government that seems tailored to the needs of officials rather than taxpayers.
  • Wasting Our Money: Ignoring government waste

    The Dayton Daily News investigation into government waste resulted in a five-part series that examined how the government spends millions finding waste, then ignores much of what it finds; how injured federal workers are paid, even those who are dead; how ranchers get a good deal on land, but taxpayers don't; how when it comes to our national parks, Uncle Sam is simply a bad businessman; and, how some government problems are literally disasters waiting to happen.
  • High-Tech Handouts

    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "The government is propping up American corporations by subsidizing their research and development. The promise is high-paying jobs. The payoff so far is pork, politics and giveaways to big business."
  • Higher Ed; The No-Longer-Sacred Cow

    Governing Magazine reports that "States aren't just cutting back on funds for public universities. They're asking nosy questions about where the money goes....Legislatures have shown interest in the doings of university faculty at regular intervals for decades. What is new is the determination with which many of them are going about it...The simple fact is that universities are beginning to feel the same accountability demands that have been placed on other state agencies throughout the 1990s."
  • The Pork Barrel Barons

    U.S. News & World Report reports that "In an attempt to spotlight how Congress spends taxpayer money on often-questionable projects, U.S. News examined a year's worth of appropriations voted by the House Public Works and Transportation Committee. The panel authorizes more than $50 billion in public spending annually, and the U.S. News review documented how much of that went toward wasteful projects or projects whose only justification was political self-interest of committee members."