An earlier version of the bill would have cut lifetime eligibility for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF, in half, from 5 years to two and 1/2. But a compromise between the House and Senate reduces that period to 3 years and 9 months.
Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 11:31 pm
Mike Colona is getting his wish. Two months ago, the Democratic representative from St. Louis attended a Senate committee hearing on Senate Bill 237. The bill bars discrimination in Missouri based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
But after the hearing, Colona was upset because he hadn’t seen similar action from the House.
A group of Springfield citizens and business leaders are protesting proposed cuts by the Missouri Senate to the 2016 state budget. Their plan would lump most of the funding for the departments of Health and Senior Services, Social Services, and Mental Health, together and reduce could services for the elderly, disabled, and children in need of welfare.