New York state put hundreds of dollars in federal stimulus money into food stamp accounts, causing a literal run on the bank last month. Families of about 800,000 low-income children qualified for the one-time payments — $200 per child for back-to-school supplies and clothes. Critics said the state bungled it by attaching no strings to how the money could be spent. But equally problematic, 23 states haven’t applied for these stimulus dollars yet, many because they can’t afford to appropriate the 20 percent matching funds that are required.
A politically connected CEO and an Atlanta social studies teacher have qualified without opposition to seek four-year terms on the Atlanta Board of Education. So, barring an overwhelming write-in candidacy, Reuben R. McDaniel III (left), president and CEO of Jackson Securities LLC, and Courtney English, a teacher at Best Academy at Benjamin Carson, will be sworn in as board members come January. Under state law, English will need to leave his teaching job to take the board seat.
Your Congressman’s vacation — and who paid for it