Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Has it Come to this with Taxpayers Hard Earned Money...

...that we now have to reward those who have MISSPENT less than others?
Since Illinois has seen an explosion in the number of people receiving food stamps, even a slight error costs taxpayers millions. 
In this instance, a mistake rate of less than 2 percent means $50 million is misspent. 
That’s the hard truth behind the press release lauding Illinois for having a 98.3 percent accuracy rate for its Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
Illinois’ error rate, from either overspending on food stamps or not spending enough, is 1.74 percent, according to Januari Smith, a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Human Services. 
Just more than 2 million people in the state, or 16 percent of the population, are enrolled in the federally managed SNAP. Washington D.C,. sent Illinois $3 billion for SNAP last year.
Food stamp enrollment across the country has exploded.
The numbers: 1.74 percent of $3 billion is $52 million. That’s a lot of taxpayer waste. 
Illinois is being awarded $4 million by the USDA as recognition of it 98 percent accuracy rate. Smith said she doesn’t know how Illinois will spend that money.
Read the full story HERE.

"Smith said she doesn’t know how Illinois will spend that money.". My guess is...they'll waste it.

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1 comment:

BOSMAN said...

Now we're rewarding agencies for not being as bad as they could be?