Welfare http://www.kplu.org en Welfare activist wants fiercer advocate as next state DSHS chief http://www.kplu.org/post/welfare-activist-wants-fiercer-advocate-next-state-dshs-chief OLYMPIA, Wash. – The head of Washington's largest state agency has announced her resignation. Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus announced Wednesday she will leave at the end of the year to take a job in her home state of Wisconsin. Her departure comes as the agency prepares for another round of budget cuts.<p>DSHS serves more than two million clients in Washington and has an annual budget of more than $5 billion. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:12:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2891 at http://www.kplu.org State cuts benefits to welfare families http://www.kplu.org/post/state-cuts-benefits-welfare-families <P>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-949887.mp3</P> <P>In a single day, Washington cut more than 5,000 families from the state's welfare-to-work program. That's because a strict, five-year limit on benefits kicked in. It's a cost-cutting measure ordered by the Governor. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 19:04:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 693 at http://www.kplu.org State cuts benefits to welfare families Welfare cards used at out-of-state liquor stores, strip clubs http://www.kplu.org/post/welfare-cards-used-out-state-liquor-stores-strip-clubs <p>Some Washington welfare recipients are withdrawing cash at out-of-state liquor stores, smoke shops and even strip clubs. That’s the finding of a public radio investigation into welfare debit card use outside Washington’s borders. The finding comes at a time when the state’s welfare program is $82 million in the red.</p><p> Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:56:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 361 at http://www.kplu.org Welfare cards used at out-of-state liquor stores, strip clubs