Edgar May
Edgar May writes about his experience working as an Erie County welfare caseworker during his investigation into welfare fraud for the Buffalo Evening News and offers possible solutions to the problems he encountered.
'Out of Wedlock' - Blight On Our Welfare System
A Welfare Caseworker
Written by a caseworker in the Erie County Department of Social Welfare in response to Ed May's article about the Aid to Dependent Children, this article talks about how single mothers choose not to marry because they would lose welfare benefits for their children.
Some Ways to Lighten The Burdens of Welfare
Ed May
In the final installment of "Our Costly Dilemma," a series about New York State's welfare program, reporter Ed May offers suggestions on how to increase the program's efficiency.
Welfare Not a Bonanza For Those Truly in Need
Ed May
In the penultimate article in his 14-part series on New York State's welfare program, Ed May explains that while some may abuse the system for extra-cash, welfare benefits provide just the bare minimum for those who rely on it entirely.
Worried About the Rent? It's More Than $7 Million
Ed May
In the twelfth article in his series about New York State's welfare system, Buffalo News reporter Ed May reveals how landlords gouge rent in poor neighborhoods, knowing that more often than not the state's welfare office will be the one paying.
Medical Costs Are Major Factors In Our Ailing Welfare System
Ed May
Ed May writes about the increasing costs of hospitalization and medical care in general and its burden on New York State's welfare system.
Welfare Fraud Carries Only Minimum of Risk
Ed May
In the ninth article of "Our Costly Dilemma" welfare series for the Buffalo Evening News, Ed May reports that welfare fraud is lightly punished, as a very small fraction of convictions results in any jail time.
Welfare Records Stained With the Blot of Cheating
Ed May
In his eighth article about New York State's welfare system, Buffalo News reporter Ed May reveals ways that long-time aid recipients abuse the system.
Storm Center of Relief: Dependent Children's Aid
Ed May
In the sixth installment of his "Costly Dilemma" series, Ed May writes about the ballooning cost of welfare's "aid to dependent children" program.
Families Shirk Legal Duty To Take Care of Their Own
Ed May
In this fifth installment of Ed May's "Our Costly Dilemma" series, he reports that relatives of those eligible for welfare benefits rarely take it upon themselves to help support their kin.
Many Families on Relief Permanent Public Wards
Ed May
In the third article of the series, Buffalo Evening News reporter Ed May describes how some families collect welfare benefits on technicalities despite being able to work.
Relief Workers Caught in a Jungle of Red Tape
Ed May
The fourth installment of "Our Costly Dilemma," Ed May's series for the Buffalo Evening News about New York State's welfare program. In this article, May describes the ludicrous amount of paperwork required by welfare caseworkers.
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