CITIES & STATES: A Rare Instance

CITIES & STATES

Last year reporters for the Indianapolis Star turned over rocks in the State Welfare Department's yard and found some fascinating bugs underneath. On the relief rolls were residents of $160-a-month apartments, drivers of new cars, racetrack habitues, Florida vacationers. Members of the Indiana legislature took one look, then pushed through a bill to open assistance records to public view. They believed that the risk of publicity would scare the chiselers off relief.

Federal Security Administrator Oscar Ewing, a native Hoosier himself, promptly turned off the federal faucet which was pouring $20 million a year into Indiana for assistance. A...

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