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Lawmakers urge Parson to forgive unemployment overpayments

ST. LOUIS - Democratic Rep. Cori Bush had strong words as Missouri continues its efforts to collect unemployment benefits from thousands of state residents. "The overpaid benefits are the state's fault — let me repeat — the overpaid benefits are the state's fault. The governor should cease all efforts to collect this money from families in need," she said. Valerie Dilbeck is one of the thousands of Missourians Bush is talking about. The new mother is proof that being a mom is a job that offers no time off. Her son, Killian, was born at the onset of the pandemic. Shortly after giving birth, she was fired from her job. "I called my job to make sure I still had it, and they said, 'You were fired for not showing up,'" said Dilbeck. So Dilbeck says she filed for unemployment and soon what was meant to be the happiest time of her life became a never-ending nightmare. The Missouri Department of Labor said she owes the agency nearly $14,000. Read more:
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