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Welfare rolls hit ten-year low in Missouri


Jefferson City, MO – The number of families receiving welfare payments in Missouri is at a ten-year low. The Social Services Department says 44,000 families are receiving the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) payments.

That's the lowest number since the state re-vamped the welfare program in 1996; about 80,000 families were on welfare rolls at that time.

The state says it spent just over $133 million on the program last year, compared with more than $257 million in 1996.

Welfare rules now limit people to no more than five years of benefits.


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