Missouri Earns ‘F’ Grade on 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card

Published March 16, 2015

House Speaker John Diehl, Sen. David Sater, Sen. Tom Dempsey,
and Rep. Diane Franklin Will Unveil Heartland Institute Study
at Thursday Morning Press Conference

Nearly two decades ago, the 1996 welfare reform bill signed by President Bill Clinton ended the national entitlement to welfare for families with dependent children and gave states significantly more control over welfare policy. Since then, Missouri has consistently scored the lowest grades on welfare reform report cards issued by The Heartland Institute.

Join Speaker John Diehl, state Sen. David Sater, state Sen. Tom Dempsey, state Rep. Diane Franklin, and Logan Pike, state government relations manager for The Heartland Institute, to discuss Missouri’s grade of “F” on the 2015 Welfare Reform Report Card: A State-by-State Analysis of Anti-Poverty Performance and Welfare Reform Policies.

What: Press conference announcing Missouri’s grade on the ‘2015 Welfare Reform Report Card’

When: Thursday, March 19, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Fourth Floor Mezzanine area overlooking the Senate Chamber, Jefferson City, Missouri

Who: State Sen. David Sater (District 29); state Sen. Tom Dempsey (District 23; Senate President Pro Tem); state Rep. Diane Franklin (District 155) Logan Pike, state government relations manager, The Heartland Institute; additional attendees to be announced Wednesday, March 18

Speaker Diehl, Sens. Sater and Dempsey, and Rep. Franklin will take questions about legislation to reform Missouri’s welfare system. Copies of the executive summary of the “2015 Welfare Reform Report Card” will be available at the open press event.

If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact State Government Relations Manager Logan Pike at [email protected] or Director of Communications Jim Lakely at [email protected] and 312/377-4000 or (cell) 312/731-9364.

The Heartland Institute is a 31-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site or call 312/377-4000.