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.