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Missouri Reports Decline in Number on Welfare

JULY 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CDT


JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The number of Missouri families receiving welfare payments is at a ten-year low.

The Department of Social Services reports that 44,000 families are receiving the payments, officially known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

That's the lowest number since the state reformed the welfare program in 1996.  About 80,000 families were on welfare rolls then.

Governor Blunt says the report shows that Missouri and its economy are moving in the right direction.

The agency says Missouri 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 60 months of benefits.

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