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

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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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.