How much could it cost to implement plans in new Ferguson Commis -

How much could it cost to implement plans in new Ferguson Commission report?

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On Monday, the Ferguson Commission released a 198-page report outlining social and economic problems facing the community, along with a list of possible solutions. 

The 16-member commission drafted nearly 200 proposals and held various agencies accountable for implementing the changes, from police departments, circuit courts, social service providers, and the state legislature.

Commission co-chair Rich McClure said some of the plans could be costly to execute but are worth it to improve conditions. 

"I think the important thing to understand is to look at them in totality," said McClure. "Some of the things we are doing may not be working, so let's look at reallocating from things that aren't working by the metrics."

One proposal calls for the expansion of eligibility for Medicaid, which the Urban Institute estimated would cost Missouri approximately $1.5 billion. Advocates for the expansion said federal funding would offset that cost and could potentially produce extra state revenue.

Other plans that include additional training for officers, job readiness assistance, and reforming school programs may require taxpayer dollars.

The commission operates under a $1.2 million budget, and said all suggested proposals are not part of an exact plan but rather outline a path forward.

Click here to read the complete report.

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