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Missouri Lawmakers Move To Block Labor Department's Pursuit Of Unemployment Refunds

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson conducts his daily coronavirus briefing from the doorway of his office inside the state Capitol Monday, April 27, 2020, in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson announced he will lift some restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the reopening of some businesses and other activities starting on May 4. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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In a press briefing on January 27, 2021, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (above) stated that when it comes to people who received overpayment of unemployment compensation,"If you got more money than you should, you should have an obligation to pay it back."

The Missouri Department of Labor is asking recipients for reimbursement of unemployment compensation it mistakenly paid out in 2020.

The state's Department of Labor is now telling those who it believes were overpaid to give the funds back. Problem is, most of those who received the money have long since used it for its intended purpose. In addition, the federal government included a provision in the CARES Act allowing states to waive collecting overpayments. Bipartisan support exists to stop the department's collection efforts.

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