May 082015
General Assembly Overrides Governor's Veto of Welfare Reform Bill

This week the Missouri General Assembly approved SB 24, the governor’s veto notwithstanding. The bill, sponsored by Senator David Sater (R-Cassville), revamps the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides cash assistance to low-income parents with dependent children. The new law reduces the period a family can receive TANF cash benefits from 60 […]

 May 8, 2015  Posted by at 10:56 am News, Welfare No Responses »
May 012015
Governor Nixon Vetoes Welfare Reform Bill

On Thursday Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a welfare reform bill recently approved by the Missouri General Assembly. As early as next week, the Missouri General Assembly could override the veto of SB 24, which was sponsored by State Senator David Sater (R-Cassville). The Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) has supported the legislation while seeking provisions that […]

 May 1, 2015  Posted by at 10:22 am News, Welfare No Responses »
Sep 192013
U.S. Catholic Bishops Call for Continued Funding of Food Stamp Program

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has urged the U.S. House of Representatives not to accept a proposed $40 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, called the program “one of the most […]

 September 19, 2013  Posted by at 3:53 pm Child & Family, News, Welfare No Responses »
Sep 192013
Panera CEO Talks About Food Stamp Issue

CNN recently interviewed Panera CEO Ron Shaich about his experience living on a food stamp budget for a week as well as his perspective on the need to continue funding for the program. Click here to watch this interview.       Posted: September 19, 2013

 September 19, 2013  Posted by at 3:44 pm News, Welfare No Responses »
Sep 192013
More Americans in Poverty After Great Recession

One analyst has called it the “selective recovery,” referring to the fact that while incomes are improving for many after the Great Recession of 2007-2009, the poor remain poor and there are more people heading into poverty. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau underscores this trend. See ¬†Reuters article for a summary of the […]

 September 19, 2013  Posted by at 3:00 pm Child & Family, News, Welfare No Responses »
Sep 032013
Your State Government: Lifeline Missouri

Lifeline Missouri, a telephone assistance program overseen by the Missouri Public Service Commission, helped 227,000 Missourians in 2012. Lifeline Missouri is a discounted telephone plan for those who meet the criteria for the Low-Income Discount Plan or the Disabled Discount Plan. Lifeline Missouri allows for discounts but does not cover the cost of phones or […]

 September 3, 2013  Posted by at 8:34 am Child & Family, News, Welfare No Responses »
Jul 152013
Your State Government: Summer Food Service Program

Friday, July 12, 2013 During the summer months many people, especially children, may find themselves hungry. It is during those months when qualifying low-income individuals can benefit from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program provides nutritious […]

 July 15, 2013  Posted by at 8:50 am News, Welfare No Responses »
Jan 042013
MCC Sets 2013 Priorities

Defending religious liberty, protecting human life at all stages of development and ensuring economic justice for all are among the policy priorities adopted by the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) for work in 2013. Each year the MCC, the public policy agency for the Catholic bishops of Missouri, adopts priorities for special attention. To review the […]

Aug 182012

The MCC and Catholic Charities of Missouri submitted comments on proposed regulations relating to drug testing applicants for welfare benefits, also known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The regulations were issued to implement a law passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2011 requiring all applicants for these benefits to be tested upon […]

 August 18, 2012  Posted by at 3:03 pm Missouri General Assembly, News, Welfare Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Apr 042012

Last week, the House Children and Families Committee passed HCS HB 1238, sponsored by Rep. Bob Nance (R-Excelsior Springs). This bill would lift the federal ban and allow eligible ex-drug offenders to receive food stamps in Missouri. The federal ban was enacted in 1996 as part of the welfare reform act, but states did have […]

 April 4, 2012  Posted by at 8:36 am Child & Family, Missouri General Assembly, News, Welfare Tagged with:  3 Responses »