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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Welfare waste

Patrick must address systemic problems with public­ benefits programs

A year ago, Governor Deval Patrick said he wouldn’t do anything “that makes vulnerable people beg for their benefits.”

In a society that increasingly demonizes the poor, that’s a challenging mission — even in Massachusetts, with its strong safety-net tradition. From a policy perspective, the findings released last week by state Auditor Suzanne Bump will make it even harder to treat the poor with dignity.

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