CITIES & STATES: A Rare Instance


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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