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Is this really the best way to get your money's worth out of the stimulus package?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29311565>1=43001

In summary...the state of Washington spent $250,000 to mail out $1 checks to people receiving assistance because it "could" land an additional $43 million in federal funding for the food stamp program.

Does this seem like a ridiculous waste to anyone else? Doesn't jumping through these bureaucratic loopholes just encourage other states to follow their lead?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 9:19 PM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • and welcome to Wa State. We are in a huge deficit. I have been calling, email ing, voting and doing everything necessary to change the people at the top!!! That is just a snippet of what this state is doing. We are state that should be devided and renamed. Coastal side of Washington calls all the shots while those of us on the "other" side who are ag farmers and industrial plant job...blue collar folks get no say!
    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 9:59 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • wtf, mate?
    chickenhobbit

    Answer by chickenhobbit at 10:06 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • And it cost $.42 to mail a $1.00 check....that is just crazy....
    haroldswife

    Answer by haroldswife at 10:16 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • haroldswife.. lol. I was just going to say that. so you really are looking at $335,000 plus the cost of paper and envelopes.. lmao.. what a waste.. would it not be better to just mail the checks to the Social Services offices.. and let them incorporate the money into the clients cards? OHHH wait... that would make sence... which they never did.. it was like them wasting a few million to mail out letters just to say.. we are going to send you some money last year.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 10:39 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • And these are the people we want managing out health care......
    TinasTribe

    Answer by TinasTribe at 10:41 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • or our banks or anything for that matter
    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 10:45 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

  • A $1 that it cost $5 to cash if you don't have a bank account, for the CHANCE, not guarantee, that they MIGHT get more money allotted in food stamps.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:42 AM on Feb. 24, 2009

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