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Missouri budget officials outline $50M cost of data breach

The implications of Constitutional Amendment 2, which voters will decide on Election Day, reach far beyond the Missouri Capitol, into city halls and courthouses all over the state.
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The Missouri Capitol building is located along the Missouri River in Jefferson City.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Help for roughly 100,000 teachers whose Social Security numbers were vulnerable in a massive state data breach could cost Missouri as much as $50 million.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson's spokeswoman on Tuesday confirmed that the rough cost estimate includes credit monitoring and the cost of a call center to help teachers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it found the vulnerability and flagged the issue to the education department. The newspaper says it gave the agency time to fix the issue before the paper published a report on it. Parson has cast blame on the newspaper for finding the problem.