Nixon vetoes bill that would reduce welfare eligibility

Gov. Jay Nixon spoke to a crowd during a Department of Conservation commission meeting at the Tiger Hotel in Columbia on July 8, 2014. Nixon announced the veto of two bills that would reclassify captive deer as livestock, which would transfer oversight of captive population to the state Department of Agriculture. | Austin Huguelet/Missouri Business Alert
Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would cut the lifetime cap for receiving benefits under TANF by 25 percent, calling the bill a “misguided measure that punishes poor children.” | Austin Huguelet/Missouri Business Alert

Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday vetoed legislation that would cut several thousand low-income families from the state’s welfare rolls by reducing the length of eligibility for state assistance and creating more stringent work requirements for welfare recipients.

However, the legislation passed the Missouri House and Senate earlier this month with veto-proof majorities, so the governor’s veto may not stand.

Nixon, a Democrat, called the bill, passed by the Republican-led legislature, a “misguided measure that punishes poor children.”

The bill would cut the lifetime cap for receiving benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program by 25 percent, from 60 months to 45 months. The Department of Social Services estimates that 3,155 families would lose benefits in the first year.

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