Why Some Officials Want to Ban Secret Government Settlements

  • May 25, 2017
  • Stateline Story
  • By Scott Rodd

Every year, states spend millions to settle lawsuits under the condition that details of the case remain confidential.

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Welfare Eligibility

Welfare fraud costs states billions each year. But as states attempt to fish out fraud by conducting stricter and more frequent eligibility checks, they risk kicking eligible families off the rolls.

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Foreign-Born Doctors

Rural areas and distressed urban neighborhoods have long relied on the H-1B visa program to make up for a shortage of native-born doctors.

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