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The federal food stamp program, apparently rife with waste, has resorted to giving financial awards to the states that misspend food stamp money the least. In July, the Florida Department of Children & Families, beaming with pride, announced it had won a $7 million federal grant for blowing only $47 million in food stamp benefits in 2013 (less than 1 percent of its $6 billion in payments). Vermont, the worst-performing state, misspends almost 10 percent of its food stamp benefits.

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