Welfare scandal sharpens contrasts in long-poor Mississippi

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rssfeeds.hattiesburgamerican.com – Nashville Tennessean – 2023-01-04 10:42:41

In Mississippi, where elected officials have a long history of praising self-sufficiency and condemning federal antipoverty programs, a welfare scandal has exposed how millions of dollars were diverted to the rich and powerful — including pro athletes — instead of helping some of the neediest people in the nation.

The misuse of welfare money rankles Nsombi Lambright-Haynes, executive director of One Voice, a nonprofit that works to help economically vulnerable communities in Mississippi.

“It’s shameful and disgusting, especially when we’ve been a where we hear discussion…

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