Missouri law makers voted Tuesday to override governor Jay Nixon’s veto, and remove several thousand people from the from a welfare program. Supporters say that this is to motivate people to go out and find a job, and get off government assisted programs.
Three thousand families will lose benefits; for a parent with two children, the current benefit about is $252 a month. The cash assistance program will go from five years to three years and nine months. This would make Missouri within the top ten states with the shortest duration of benefit. The Republican-led house had their vote on Tuesday, to override Governor Nixon’s veto, and the house voted on Monday.
Nixon chose to veto the bill, because he was afraid that it would punish the children for the actions of their parents. The bill would impose sanctions on the entire family if the parent does not comply with the new rules, which may include job training or education. Six thousand families could lose benefits through sanctions for not complying with the work requirements. According to a Governor from St. Louis, this could be taken as an attack on the children, and parents in Missouri might be driven to extremes to provide for their children.
By Katherine Miller-Chichester
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