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Governor Signs New Limits on Welfare Payments

Associated Press - May 17, 2016 12:47 pm

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill Monday that he said is aimed at freeing more people from poverty, but opponents argue the new welfare restrictions leave families without a safety net during financial difficulties.
Under the new law Kansans will be limited to 24 months on cash assistance over their lifetime.

The previous limit was 36 months.
Able-bodied recipients of food assistance also will be required to participate in an employment or training program and not quit a job that offers at least 30 hours of work per week.
The Brownback administration estimates that about 9 percent of the approximately 4,900 households receiving cash assistance will reach the new lifetime limit within the next year.

Angela Fishburn

May 18, 2016 at 9:50 am

This is sickening. There are fewer and fewer full time jobs that pay enough to support a family. I think its awful we can’t get a man like him out of office. He is ruining our state and hurting more and more people who need help. People fall on hard times, sometimes people need help. There are people waiting to be approved for disability that are truly hurt and often it takes longer than 24months to be approved! So what? These families just need to starve or loose their children because they can’t afford to keep the lights on? This is a HUGE mistake.

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