August 21, 2014

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Ohio overpaid $88 million in food stamps in 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state of Ohio’s overpayment of food-stamp benefits last year exceeded the national average.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the state overpaid more than $88 million in tax-funded benefits last year. In all, Ohio misspent 4.1 percent of the nearly $3 billion received from the federal government for food-stamp benefits in 2013.

The state’s error rate was up slightly from the previous year, and it’s above the national rate of 3.2 percent for tax-dollar waste. That ranks Ohio 21st in the country.

Ohio officials say the state’s error rate has dropped significantly in the past six years. They say errors include incorrect calculations made by county caseworkers, honest mistakes and some instances of fraud.

More than 1.8 million Ohioans receive food stamps, with an average monthly benefit of $132.

  • oldruss

    Our tax dollars getting flushed down the old porcelain.

  • golfingirl

    The real story here should be:

    “More than 1.8 million Ohioans receive food stamps…”

    Out of a population of approximately 11.5M.

  • luvmytoaster

    I wonder how many of those “incorrect calculations by county caseworkers and honest mistakes” were done intentionally, just saying………

    • Janet finacle

      You try keeping track of 900 households with a system that still operates in DOS. Perhaps the state could take some blame since they expect perfection from inundated workers on a computer system made in 1988. Time to upgrade?

      • Sis Delish

        “Better Bookkeepers equals better results”, Robert Cratchet in a conversation to Ebeneezer Scrooge.

      • luvmytoaster

        I don’t doubt that a system upgrade is warranted – but there should have been some sort of checks and balances in place to avoid this.
        What good does it do to say “hey we overpaid $88 million last year but we’re hoping for better this year” if you’re not going to fix the problem, whatever it is.

        • Janet finacle

          Agreed. I think when they designed the computer system it was able to handle the amount of cases the state had. Since then the amount of recipients has quadrupled.

      • Melissa Merrill Snyder

        Try doing it by hand…on 400 cases. That’s how it was done in the ’80s. It was chaos all the time.

    • golfingirl

      We will never know, and all the emails have been lost.

  • Larry

    Ohio has one of the poorest and corrupt welfare systems in the country. Even up to a few years ago, they didn’t even keep track of work that was required by recepiants. We need more jobs so that people can take care of their own. Trouble is, government has taken the PRIDE out of WORK. Many would rather be Government Babies and suck off the programs till their dead. There is no limit, as many would think or claim. I know families that are into their 3rd generation on welfare. Good enough for grandma, good enough for me….

    • Janet finacle

      So true. . . learned helplessness. Disgraceful and sad. How do you fix something so broke? I say cut everyone off, get a better computer program, and start from scratch.

      • Scout

        Don’t cut it off- reduce it by half and then figure out what is what.

    • Mark B

      Cradle to grave entitlement leeches .

  • SniperFire

    Nothing has destroys society quite like welfare. It makes personal responsibility optional.

    For example, there is no greater corollary to poverty than out-of-wedlock births, made functionally possible thanks to the minimal-sustenance existence of food stamps and medicaid. Sadly, this is now culturally acceptable by some demographics, locking them into generational inequality.

  • Chan

    Not sure how this happens, if my checking account is off by a few hundred dollars I’m doing an audit!

    • Melissa Merrill Snyder

      I can tell you how it happens: Computer glitches, over worked case workers and people who don’t report income properly. And the state/federal government changing the rules on everyone.

  • shannon

    Good to know that my hard working dollars are paying for mistakes ! In the mean time all the lazy baby making factories continues to eat better than me and my kids on an honest mistake while i go work 12 shifts and sometimes 16 hr shifts to just survive ! Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tickmeoff

    The money lost here is a drop in the bucket, compared to what money General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin wastes. Trade agreements that favor the richest among us, and low paying work, that one can’t afford to carry medical insurance. I worked 40 years before getting assistance. Still working, though part time. Perhaps because of always having worked, and the guilt of having to take food stamps. The system is rigged to take care of the richest among us. Look at all the Billionaires that buy legislation, who really don’t care if they destroy their working class. At the end of the day, it’s all about the Benjamin’s. We have lost our Democracy and are no better than Russia, with an Oligarchy controlling us. I work out of pride, that I am contributing, but I am very aware that my destiny is controlled by the highest bidders. There are economic principles such as Low Cost Provider, that makes sense, but as a society, weakening the working class may be bad for the majority, but in the end the minority rules! Picking on the poor, has replaced baseball as America’s favorite past time. Keep wages low, limit opportunity, and keep people in place. The system is rigged, that’s why we have 10 year wars, because the rich have no skin in the game, and to think at one time, we used to put down the English for their class system. Well, it’s alive and well here in the good old USA.

    • Oneday67

      Man, from what moonbat publication did you get that drivel from?

    • golfingirl

      $88M of taxpayer dollars is NEVER a “drop in the bucket.”

      Low Cost Provider is not an “economic principle,” as you state, it is a business strategy. Big difference.

      • tickmeoff

        Just the same.Low cost provider has a lot to do with 800 people working at the mill vs 14000. One Ford plant vs two Ford plants, and the economic opportunity that once was here, but now gone.
        88 million was compared to the cost over runs on major military projects. In the end, work is better than a handout, even if it is just psychological. I did get myself an associate degree, and many of the students were wed to the Government and living much better than I. Having a child out of wedlock gives one an opportunity at section 8 for housing, HEAP for utility bills, and food stamps for groceries with free medical care to boot. i know I was raised with the idea that more hands create easier labor and more product. That to have a piece of the pie, one must exert one’s labor to get one’s piece of pie. It is crazy that not working can create more wealth than working. Our economy is more efficient
        than it has ever been. We create more product with less hands because of computers and the latest equipment.
        Anyway, work should be rewarded.As to how? Perhaps a 30 hour work week.

        • golfingirl

          So, are you suggesting the federal government set minimum prices on products?

          WalMart cannot sell their shampoo at a price lower than local merchants?

          I agree, a “handout” should never be of greater value than someone who works. But I think the problem is more with the handouts, not the free market system.

          • tickmeoff

            I don’t want the government controlling prices, my main point was that work may not reward as well as living off the dole. And that is wrong. The free market system is fine.

          • golfingirl

            I agree.

  • Melissa Merrill Snyder

    What I want to see is an article that tells us how much we gave to corporations in Ohio that ultimately closed or laid off workers. I bet it’s more than $1.8 million in food stamp over payments.

    Corporate welfare is costlier than any public assistance program but for some reason we don’t complain about that quite as much. I guess we’d rather bosses run their business into the ground, collect money from the government, lay off workers (who then end up needing public assistance for a while) and still collect their multimillion dollar salaries and stock options.

    • golfingirl

      I thought it was $88 million in overpayments, not $1.8 million as you say.