Mississippi welfare payments increasing 3 months early

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi is increasing the nation’s lowest welfare payments three months earlier than expected.

The state Department of Human Services says that starting Saturday, the benefit will increase by $90 a month. This is the first time since 1999 that Mississippi will expand payments through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Until now, payments in Mississippi have been $146 for a family of two, $170 for a family of three and $194 for a family of four. The department also said retroactive payments are being made to give recipients the extra $90 for April.

The increase originally was expected to take effect in July.

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