Missouri House Panel to Probe State Welfare Contract

Posted: Apr 20, 2013 11:47 AM by Associated Press

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JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri House panel is launching an investigation next week into a state contract aimed at moving people from state welfare programs to federal disability payments.

The contract with the Boston-based Public Consulting Group has been criticized by House Republicans. They say the work requirements for people on welfare programs help them get back on their feet, while disability payments do not have the same requirements or effect.

The House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee is scheduled to conduct a hearing on the contract Monday. Committee chairman Republican Rep. Jay Barnes, of Jefferson City, said he hopes to learn specifics about the contract and its long-term effects. He says Missouri pays $2,300 for each person the company moves to disability payments.

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