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Stories with subject: Government welfare systems
  • Citing fraud, Maine to put photos on EBT cards 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 6:41 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine will begin putting photo identification on welfare benefit cards this month, first in Bangor and then across the state in an effort to target fraud and abuse, Gov. Paul LePage's administration said on Friday.

  • Couple accused of welfare fraud back in Minnesota 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:02 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - A Minnesota couple accused of collecting welfare while living on a yacht now claim they have no money.

  • Oregon audit: Shift welfare focus to jobs 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:49 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - A state audit calls on Oregon to turn its attention from getting aid to people slammed by the Great Recession to getting them jobs.

  • LePage: Maine faces $7M in welfare-related fines 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:33 am
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says Maine faces more than $7 million in federal fines because it's not meeting work participation requirements for welfare recipients.

  • Ex-county employee arrested in welfare fraud case? 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:56 am
  • GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado - A woman who was trained to spot welfare fraud as an employee of the Mesa County Department of Human Services has been arrested after she was accused of defrauding the agency of welfare program funds totaling nearly $13,000.

  • NY limiting acceptance of welfare debit cards 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:05 am
  • ALBANY, New York - New York's new budget contains amendments to social services law intended to keep welfare recipients from spending government money on alcohol, gambling or strippers.

  • New Mexico rule restricts use of welfare cards 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 9:46 am
  • ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A new state rule implemented by Gov. Susana Martinez's administration bars welfare recipients from using their cash assistance cards at gambling establishments, liquor stores and strip clubs.

  • Alabama enacts restrictions on welfare 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 2:34 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama has enacted new laws setting stricter requirement for welfare, including requiring applicants to apply for three jobs before getting aid.

  • Massachusetts House releases $36.2B state budget 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:16 pm
  • BOSTON - Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House unveiled a $36.2 billion state budget plan Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

  • LePage pushes for photos IDs on welfare cards 
    Updated: Apr-08-14 4:40 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - While some of Maine Gov. Paul LePage's proposals to overhaul the state's welfare programs have hit resistance in the Legislature, the administration is pushing forward with a piece of its agenda that it doesn't need lawmakers to sign off on: putting photo identification on benefit cards.

  • Maine lawmakers vote down municipal welfare bill 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 7:34 pm
  • AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers have rejected Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to reduce the amount of money the state refunds some cities to run their welfare programs.

  • Feds: Idaho welfare funds were spent correctly 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 1:11 pm
  • BOISE, Idaho - An official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says an Idaho agency spent $2.5 million in leftover welfare funding correctly, contrary to the findings of a state audit.

  • Mo. lawmakers want to limit out-of-state welfare 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 11:44 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - State lawmakers are moving to tighten rules on a cash assistance program for the poor in response to an audit that raised questions about whether hundreds of Missouri welfare recipients are living out of state.

  • Alabama Legislature approves bill on jobs, welfare 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 12:45 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill requiring people to apply for three jobs before seeking welfare benefits.

  • Alabama House approves welfare restrictions 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 11:25 pm
  • MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama House of Representatives has given final passage to a bill aimed at stopping people from using welfare benefit cards at liquor stores, bars, tattoo parlors, psychic networks and strip clubs.

  • Senate panel would end welfare drug testing 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 4:38 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Just because a Minnesota welfare recipient is a convicted drug felon doesn't mean that person must be subject to random drug tests, members of a state Senate health and human services panel decided on Monday.

  • Missouri auditor questions child care spending 
    Updated: Mar-24-14 2:50 pm
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri's auditor is raising concerns about state payments to subsidize child care costs for lower-income families.

  • La. bans use of welfare benefits on tattoos, nails 
    Updated: Mar-21-14 4:58 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana welfare recipients will be prohibited from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under new limits enacted by state social services officials.

  • Senate passes welfare drug-testing pilot program 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 5:58 pm
  • LANSING, Michigan - Michigan senators took another step toward requiring drug tests for certain welfare recipients Thursday, passing a Republican bill that Democrats oppose.