What Happens When States Go Hunting for Welfare Fraud

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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Sales Tax

While brick-and-mortar stores are closing, online retailing is flourishing — and states are trying to collect taxes on remote sales. Read More
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$48.2B

The amount states collectively held in rainy day funds at the end of fiscal year 2016—the most since at least fiscal 2000.

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