Posts Tagged ‘welfare’

Tri-Cities TV station covers Beacon’s welfare abuse reform efforts

WJHL in the Tri-Cities covers Beacon’s investigation into EBT card abuse and notes the changes in state law that spawned from it. “It’s really disheartening to see so much of this money going to things like liquor and to strip clubs when it’s designed to provide necessities to...
May 9th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Governor gets bill restricting use of welfare cards

TNReport.com covers the passage of a bill that restricts the use of Electronic Benefits Transfer cards by welfare recipients. The online news bureau notes Beacon’s role in initiating the reform effort. The legislation came after a report was released last summer by the Beacon Center of Tennessee,...
April 16th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon Center and lawmakers team up to curb EBT card abuse

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee House of Representatives on Monday evening overwhelmingly passed legislation to curb welfare abuse. This comes on the heels of a Beacon Center investigation into questionable uses of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in places such as strip clubs and liquor stores in...
April 15th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon’s EBT reform efforts highlighted

ABC 24 in Memphis covers legislation moving through the General Assembly that would curb EBT card abuse. The measure comes on the heels of Beacon’s investigation into welfare abuse, which Beacon’s policy director Trey Moore discusses with ABC 24 in the TV segment. Watch the entire story here.
March 13th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Editorial board praises Beacon-led welfare reform measure

The editorial board of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal praises the effort by Sen. Jim Tracy and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver to curb welfare abuse. As the editorial notes, the measure comes on the heels of an investigation by the Beacon Center that found welfare recipients using their EBT cards in strip...
March 1st, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Restrictions on EBT cards clears Senate

TNReport.com takes a look at the bill to curb EBT/welfare abuse after it passed the Senate unanimously on Monday night. The article notes how the bill resulted from a Beacon investigation into the matter. Included in the article is a statement from Beacon CEO Justin Owen: “We applaud Sen. Jim Tracy...
February 26th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon applauds welfare reform

Statement from the Beacon Center on Senate passage of SB244: The Tennessee State Senate on Monday evening passed legislation to curb welfare abuse after the Beacon Center uncovered questionable uses of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in places such as strip clubs and liquor stores in large...
February 25th, 2013 | Recent News | Read More

Beacon’s welfare investigation leads to bipartisan reform push

In a recent series of investigative reports, Tennessee Watchdog editor Chris Butler exposed how welfare recipients were using their Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT) cards on a litany of non-essential items. EBT transactions have taken place at Graceland in Memphis, a bar in Chattanooga, and a strip...
September 22nd, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

Tennessee Watchdog attracts national attention

On Monday, Tennessee Watchdog editor and Beacon director of government accountability Chris Butler published an explosive story about how welfare recipients in Memphis were using taxpayer money at liquor stores, nightclubs, and even Graceland. Action News 5 in Memphis first reported on the story. Since...
August 1st, 2012 | Recent News | Read More

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