Welfare Cuts

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Division of Family Assistance Director Sue Buster says the cuts are going to be implemented. Quoting Buster here, "It's no longer proposed."

The cuts include all but $4.8 million recommended by the Temporary Aid to Needy Families Advisory Council in May.

Lawmakers had allocated an additional $5 million during a special session to soften child care cuts.

The DHHR received more than 600 public comments opposing the cuts during a comment period that ended June 30.

But those comments and an alternative plan by Legislative Action Team on Children and Families were not able to change the final cut amount.

Buster says school clothing vouchers will be reduced from $150 to $100 per child immediately. Other cuts will go into effect Aug. 1.