Hoosiers Sound-Off on F.S.A.A. Proposal

Hoosiers took advantage of a chance to sound-off on the proposed overhaul of F.S.A.A. Friday.

It was a full house at Ivy Tech Community College where people spoke out about the proposal.

Governor Mitch Daniels' plan would hire IBM to help run the states food-stamp and Medicaid program.

Sandy Daugherty of the Wabash Center said, “The fundamental reason for providing this service is to provide for those clients, the elderly and the poor, and those who need those services. Not to make a dollar.”

David Warrick from AFSCME stated, “The technology and systems of the 1980’s will simply not suffice in today's information age. This system must change or it will collapse. We think the government. Initiative will bring the infusion of modern technology to the system it has so long needed. Who better to do the job than IBM, a worldwide leader in information technology?”

The plan would cost the state around one billion dollars over a ten year period.

Officials say IBM would create 1,000 new jobs in Indiana over four years.

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