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SC welfare agency pulls deficit bailout request

Feb 7, 2011 9:48:00 AM - thestate.com
After reducing welfare payments, South Carolina's Department of Social Services has dropped a request for a $29 million bailout from the state's financial oversight board.

DSS was expected to ask the Budget and Control Board to cover the welfare agency's deficit at a meeting Tuesday. But the agency has dropped the request.

Average monthly checks for a parent with two children were cut this month from $270 to $216 monthly. The $270 already was among the nation's lowest benefits for welfare-to-work programs.

DSS did not respond immediately to questions about the deficit.

The financial oversight board will still discuss deficits of $228 million at the state's Medicaid agency and more than $7 million for the Corrections Department.

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