Saturday February 2, 2013

Mass. welfare chief steps down after waste reports

BOSTON (AP) -- The chief of the state’s welfare system has resigned in the wake of a report that found widespread waste and the distribution of millions of dollars to people not eligible for benefits. An internal report found that nearly 3,100 out of 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits and contacted through a voter registration mailer were unaccounted for. Their accounts are being closed. The department also said it overpaid federal food stamp recipients by almost $28 million since 2010. The Inspector General found the Department of Transitional Assistance handed out about $25 million in benefits to people with unconfirmed eligibility. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz asked for and received the resignation of Department of Transitional Assistance Commissioner Daniel Curley on Thursday.

EMS laying off 110
in Peterborough, N.H.

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) -- Eastern Mountain Sports in Peterborough, N.H., is laying off more than 100 employees. EMS says that it’s shutting down its distribution and back office support functions in Peterborough. The company said distribution will be consolidated with Bob’s Store’s in Meriden, Conn. Town Administrator Pam Brenner said the impact will be tremendous on the town’s economy and spirit.