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Thumbs Up and Down: Thumbs up to Walker for anti-fraud moves

5:08 PM, Sep. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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Thumbs Up: To Gov. Scott Walker, for announcing measures to combat fraud in state assistance programs.

Spurred by a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report of fraud cases in food and medical assistance programs, and incentives to sign people up without proper vetting, Walker is having the Department of Health Services implement six new policies.

In any kind of policy change, the main concern is that it won't keep people who qualify for assistance from getting it or that it'll put up unnecessary roadblocks. But these measures look like a solid plan to put a dent in fraud, which will benefit everyone.

Thumbs Up: To a new effort that's attempting to bring the state's teachers together with the business community.

A Madison public relations firm, Wood Communications Group, conducted a survey that got responses from more than 2,000 state-certified teachers. One of the conclusions is that teachers want to have a closer connection to local businesses. A number of business groups in the state support that, too.

So they're going to hold a series of conversations throughout the state to try to determine how their relationship can be developed. No one knows for sure what will come out of them, but the conversations should be valuable in building connections in some way that can benefit teachers, students and the whole state.

Thumbs Up: To everyone who was involved with putting on the events of the Community First Fox Cities Marathon.

Each year, it's a massive undertaking. We're always especially impressed with the number of volunteers who offer to help. The event wouldn't happen without them, so we offer praise and thanks to each one.

It's truly a community effort and we're glad so many people are a part of it. It's one of the things that makes the Fox Cities special.

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Thumbs Down: To the National Security Agency, for some of its employees' misuse of surveillance powers.

An NSA audit found several cases in which staffers used the foreign intelligence surveillance system to spy on spouses or love interests.

Maybe in the massive scope of the operation, this is a minute occurrence. But any breach of trust and security by an agency already under fire is another reason for the public to be concerned.

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