In unclaimed property coverage, press demonstrates its role in good / bad government

The state government’s unclaimed property program was dysfunctional. The state’s news media failed to expose that until recently.

The program’s mission is to reunite lost or abandoned assets, such as uncashed checks, dormant financial accounts, and unpaid insurance proceeds, with their rightful owners. But as a recent Connecticut Mirror investigation found, the program was largely failing in that mission and instead acting more as a revenue stream for the state.

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