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Mass. eliminates high EBT balances

Change is meant to end violations

Massachusetts officials launched an initiative Tuesday that will eliminate high balances on electronic benefit transfer cards and suspend federal nutritional assistance benefits that are not being utilized, as officials continue a crackdown meant to save taxpayers’ money and protect benefits for those who really need them.

“I was given a mandate from the governor to do a top-to-bottom review of the agency and make changes to improve the way we do business,” Stacey Monahan, commissioner of the state Department of Transitional Assistance, said in a statement released by the department on Tuesday.

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