A North Carolina lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require the state Lottery Commission and its welfare entitlement agency to verify lottery winners aren’t also collecting government benefits, such as food stamps.
House Bill 1047, sponsored by state Rep. Bert Jones (R-Rockingham), proposes requiring the North Carolina Lottery Commission to report to the Department of Health and Human Services and Division of Social Services when recipients of food and nutrition benefits win lottery prizes exceeding $2,250.
HB 1047 was approved by the North Carolina House of Representatives in June and is currently under consideration by the state Senate.
Help for the Truly Needy
Jones says researching solutions to entitlement reform inspired him and his colleagues to do something about fixing a broken system that was failing the “truly needy” in his state.
“We had been studying the issue of welfare waste, fraud, and abuse, in which precious, limited resources are wrongly allocated that should be...
For the second time in two months, the Cook County Department of Corrections had to lock down inmates because of a mass guard call-off.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said 317 guards took off the Father’s Day shift off on Sunday, June 19. This came on the heels of the 464 call-offs on Mother’s Day, which led to a 24-hour lockdown.
Cara Smith, Cook County Sheriff’s Office chief of policy and communications, said there are roughly five times a year when guards call off in such high numbers that...
A report by the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi shows the state’s pension fund lost money in the past year, which could further damage PERS’s already weakened bottom line.
According to the third quarter report, the fund has been hit with total losses of 0.47 percent so far this year, with the biggest hits coming in stocks. International equities lost 7.36 percent, global equities were off by 4.26 percent and U.S. equities lost 2.42 percent. Stocks...