Republican candidate for governor comments on news report that thousands of

NH food stamp and Medicaid recipients may be fraudulently collecting benefits

MANCHESTER – Today, Kevin Smith, Republican candidate for governor of New Hampshire, made the following statement regarding a recent report of significant potential fraud and abuse in the Food Stamp and Medicaid programs:

“Today’s report that there is significant potential fraud in welfare programs such as Food Stamps and Medicaid reinforces my message that we can and should be doing more to improve state government. As governor, I will ensure taxpayer dollars are spent in an efficient, responsible, and effective manner. Bringing to bear the technology and tools available today to ensure that only eligible recipients are receiving state benefits will be a priority for my administration."

“Last week when I announced the first part of my specific plan improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state government, as well as to reduce its costs, I highlighted several initiatives that speak directly to this issue. These include modernizing the state's technology infrastructure to better serve citizens and businesses, and instituting a system of metrics across all state departments to measure the efficacy of how taxpayer dollars are spent and to determine the state's return on investment for all state funded programs."

“Removing ineligible recipients from the rolls is not about cutting services, it is about stopping fraud, improving benefits and services for those legitimately in need, and ensuring taxpayer dollars are being used for their intended purposes. It allows the state to do more for recipients, not less.  As governor, I look forward to improving these programs to the benefit of all New Hampshire citizens.”