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 would allow parents and their children more time to receive the cash assistance made available under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The Missouri House had reduced the lifetime limit for receiving TANF to 30 months, but the final bill allows 45 months of assistance.

As passed by the General Assembly, SB 24 creates a more personalized TANF program in which recipients meet face-to-face with caseworkers to create a roadmap for moving out of poverty. The restructured program will provide more funds for vocational education and job training and offer programs to promote strong two-parent families.

SB 24 also removes the marriage penalty in TANF so that if a recipient marries the income and assets of the new spouse are disregarded for six months. At present most TANF recipients are single mothers and very few are married.
Posted: May 1, 2015

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