Governor Parson discusses unemployment overpayments with lawmakers

Governor Mike Parson indicates he may be changing his mind about asking those Missourians who were mistakenly overpaid unemployment benefits to pay them back.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the governor made comments on Thursday, saying his administration is working with the Legislature to craft a policy that could result in people not having to repay those benefits.  But Parson also says he wants to ensure there’s a mechanism in place to check for fraud, possibly assigning that task to Department of Labor employees.

It’s estimated as many as 46,000 Missourians were overpaid.  But the head of the Department of Labor previously testified that about 97 percent of that money was not obtained through fraud.