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Local Welfare Offices In Danger of Denial

December 5, 1996
By: Jennifer Horton
State Capital Bureau
Local welfare offices may be in denial over imminent cuts. Jennifer Horton explains from Jefferson City.
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Local welfare offices throughout Missouri may be refusing to acknowledge cuts are coming as quickly as January 15th.

Chuck Fluharty, director of a national institute studying the rural impacts of public policy, says local agencies face the danger of being unprepared.

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Contents: I think a problem is the employees in the rural welfare organizations are in a state of denial about what kinds of things are about to happen to their communities.

Fluharty says involvement of local agencies is important...because new welfare reform places much responsibility on local agencies to help decide how federal money will be spent.

From Jefferson City, I'm Jennifer Horton.