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  • 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."
  • Nursing Homes and Common Sense

    Governing Magazine reports that "For decades, nursing homes have been the primary providers of long-term care. But are states spending billions of dollars on sophisticated care that most of the elderly don't need?... Experts estimate that somewhere between 60 and as many as 75 percent of nursing home residents could be cared for in a more appropriate and less expensive way..."
  • Wasteland

    Spokesman-Review's six-month investigation into "how taxpayer dollars are being spent on the nation's largest nuclear waste cleanup, at Hanford in Washington state. Their major findings: After five years and $7.5 billion, little has been cleaned up so far, and as much as one in every three dollars may have been wasted. Lucrative contracts born during Hanford's bomb-making days still reward private contractors for inflated spending on such perks as chauffeur service, free pizzas, jewelry, self-help books and do-nothing jobs.
  • The Cost of Mental Illness

    The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) "exposed an extraordinary rise in Medicaid spending on Louisiana psychiatric hospitals, which was fueled by a lucrative state subsidy program. In addition The Advocate used interviews and state records to document abuses by private psychiatric hospitals. These stories were part of a broad examination of how the poor get mental health care in Louisiana.
  • High Flying at DIA

    Westword conducts a number of investigations on government contracts at Denver International Airport, uncovering rampant waste, cronyism and questionable spending. The series finds that a public relations firm hired by the city tried to put a positive spin on DIA coverage in the media; law firm invoices showed that the bond work performed by law firms was less vital and less complex that the public was led to believe