Lawmaker: Missouri department fails to report welfare cut effects

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, December 28 2017 Dec 28, 2017 Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:08:00 AM CST December 28, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker is asking why reports about cuts to welfare benefits to the poor that were championed by Republicans aren't being done as required.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sen. Jake Hummel, of St. Louis, said the department charged with overseeing the reductions hadn't produced a report as of Wednesday. Legislation passed two years ago limited the length of time families could receive benefits and added other requirements.

Hummel says the situation is "unacceptable" because without a report there's no way to analyze the effects of the cuts.

A Missouri Department of Social Services official suggested in an email to Hummel that the report may have been forgotten in the transition to Gov . Eric Greitens' administration. An agency spokeswoman couldn't be reached for comment by the Post-Dispatch.

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