Wednesday, February 8, 2006
The cost-effectiveness of collecting child support varies widely, according the Minnesota legislative auditor's report that was issued Monday. On average, for every dollar the state spends enforcing child-support payments, it retrieves $4.14. However, in Norman County, Minnesota officials retrieve $9.04 in child support per dollar spent. However, in neighboring Mahnomen County, officials retrieve only $1.66 for every dollar spent on collections. The report also said that Mnnesota has the 15th least cost-effective program nationwide and had the second smallest caseload per child-support employee in the country in 2004. Source: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Pioneer Press, twincities.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited February 8, 2006, reo).