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Welfare Computer Company

Despite the installation of new processors over the weekend, state computers used to process welfare benefits still are not working properly.

A lawsuit was filed last week to force the state to go back to using the old system until the new one is fixed. Because of the computer glitches hundreds of thousands of people have not been able to get food stamps, welfare payments, Medicaid payments and other benefits.

Gov. Bill Owens formed a task force with the counties to try and fix some of the problems with the state's benefits computer problems. He is meeting with them daily or as needs come up. The governor ordered that the new state computer system be up and running September first. County workers have had problems ever since.

The issues vary. Some workers are having trouble understanding different parts of the system and others have computers that are running slowly. Despite the problems, the governor and the task force say going back to the old system is not feasible.

The state is presenting its side of the lawsuit Monday.


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