The MCC went on record this week in support of reforming Missouri’s current welfare program, temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). Too often recipients never meet with a caseworker and no plan is developed to help the person move out of poverty. As perfected by the Missouri Senate, SB 24, sponsored by Senator David Sater (R-Cassville), would require the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide an orientation to applicants who are subject to the work requirements of the program. Recipients are then asked to sign a “self-responsibility pact” before becoming eligible for TANF benefits. Senate Bill 24 needs final approval by the Senate before it can be considered by the House of Representatives.