Dear Loyal Friends,
Last February I was sent an EBT receipt showing a balance of $7000!
That’s right, a $7000 balance on an EBT card.
To say the least, I was pretty concerned when I got it. In response, I sent an inquiry to the Department of Transitional Assistance asking what the balances are on EBT cards. More specifically, what are the top balances on EBT cards. As you may suspect, I got no response. As a legislator I am entitled to this information. DTA is supposed to respond.
So I sent another request in March. I got no response.
So in April I filed a Freedom of Information Request. Guess what happened? I got no response!
However, with my request now being a FOIA, the Secretary of State got involved. On multiple occasions the Secretary of State’s Office has told DTA to send me the information. They even got stonewalled. So their office considered taking further action, and at that point DTA announced they would give me the information.
The data was supposed to be sent 14 days ago. It did not happen.
After 4 months of stonewalling, tonight DTA attempted again to get out of releasing the information to me. They sent me an email stating that it would cost $800 to release the balances.
While I am outraged at this latest hurdle, I am not going to let it stop me. So I AM WRITING THEM A CHECK FOR $800. I am not going to let them hide behind $800.
I hope that you agree with me!
Will you help me get this information out of DTA by clicking here to donate?
Let’s send a message that they cannot hide from the public. We have a right to know. It’s our tax dollars.
I am immediately writing this check, because I believe that are trying to delay giving me the information in order to cover their tracks. Will join me in getting this information by making a donation right now?
If you are outraged about the waste, fraud, and abuse, please let me hear from you.
Or send personal check to
CTE Shaunna O’Connell,
56 Worcester Street, Taunton, MA 02780
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