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Hulshof Unveils Plan to Enforce Child Support, Strengthen Families

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof outlined a plan today to deal with enforcing child support and strengthening marriage in Missouri. KSMU's Alvin Chen reports.

Speaking to reporters by conference call today, Hulshof said Missouri children only receive 21 cents of every dollar they are owed in child support. Right now, nearly $2 billion in child support payments remain outstanding in Missouri.

Hulshof explained what he's going to do to improve the situation.

Hulshof said Pennsylvania has the best ranking in collecting child support. He said that if elected, he would welcome ideas and suggestions on how to enforce child support in Missouri.

Another part of Hulshof's family plan is the Missouri Marriage Initiative. He said he would take steps to strengthen marriages in Missouri, especially for low-income families.

Hulshof said strengthening marriages is beneficial for everyone, because single parenthood and divorce are leading indicators of poverty for children and adults.

For KSMU News, I'm Alvin Chen.