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  • 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
  • Reading, Writing, Ripoff

    WXYZ-TV report that "this series of stories sparked the beginning of a major investigation into mismanagement and theft within the Detroit School District. We discovered school supplies were being ripped off from warehouses and sold on the streets. We heard many schools were so low on supplies, teachers were spending their own money to ensure that students got the essentials."
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    The Lexington Herald-Leader reveals that special districts that charge fees or tax to provide water sewer or emergency services are largely unmonitored and unaccountable; finds that they are full of conflicts of interest, nepotism and questionable spending, Dec. 11 - 18, 1994.
  • Swiftmud

    WTVT aired a three part series that detailed spending practices at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, better known as Swiftmud. The agency is one of five regional water agencies in Florida charged with settling disputes between governments, deciding who can build or develop wetlands and establish water rationing or usage limits. After the series, state representatives called for a commission to study the situation, Feb. 14 - 17, 1994.
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    The city of San Francisco spent far more per resident on basic city service than any other large city in California. If it reduced its spending to the average, the city would save $360 million. San Francisco spen enought on its health department to send evey low-income resident to a health maintenance organization plus give them $1000 in cash every year. With tree toppers who start at $43,000 ad the mayor who makes $139,000, San francisco's wages far exceed those of other government employees in the San Francisco Bay Area-by enough to cost the city $100 million a year. The number of city workers making more than $100,000 has swollen nearly 2000 percent in five years, jumpig from 10 to 200.
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    The Chicago Reporter documents the number of computers in use in school districts and finds that the Chicago Public Schools have more computers than suburban school districts. The paper found that the city's tally is due to local schools having more spending authority under the 1989 school reform law and city schools using state and federal poverty fund to improve their technology, December 1994.
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    The Times Union ran a series that documents lavish spending by the head of New York's Winter Olympic facilities. The series found questionable spending on luxurious cars, contracts and jobs for his children, among other things. The spending went on without check by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority, due to the fact that Ned Harkness had ties to Gov. Mario Cuomo, Oct. 23 - 24, 1994.