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Nixon signs bill restricting welfare benefits

Updated: 2013-07-08T19:16:16Z

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed a bill restricting the number of places where the state’s welfare recipients can spend their benefits.

There are an estimated 85,000 to 100,000 people in Missouri receiving TANF — Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The federal government funds the program in a block grant to states, which run it (while meeting some federal guidelines.)

Missouri TANF benefits are only available to adults with children, or for mothers who are pregnant.

The bill says TANF benefits can’t be used in liquor stores, casinos, or adult venues. “Beneficiaries will also be prohibited from using TANF funds to purchase items that are not in the best interests of the child or household,” the governor’s press release says.

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