The Missouri Department of Social Services has announced it will scale back on its participation in a contract to move welfare recipients onto federal disability. Republicans at a House committee hearing this week expressed concerns that shifting recipients from a state-run program that requires employment to a federal one that does not could leave them permanently trapped in poverty.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is questioning millions of dollars of welfare payments made to low-income residents.
Schweich released an annual audit Tuesday examining Missouri's use of $12.7 billion of federal funds during the 2012 budget. He raised concerns about $68 million of expenses, mainly through programs run by the Department of Social Services.
The Missouri House has given final passage to legislation that would require some Missourians on public assistance to undergo drug testing.
Under the bill, work-eligible recipients of the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program would lose that assistance for three years if they test positive for drug use or refuse to take a drug test.
The University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia, Mo. The University of Missouri system is proposing an average 5.5 percent tution increase for in-state undergraduates in the next academic year. (via Flickr/Adam Procter)