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Woman touted as welfare reform success works for state

Associated Press - April 18, 2015 9:03 pm

Woman touted as welfare reform success works for state

A woman that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has frequently held up as a success story in his efforts to connect welfare recipients with jobs is a temporary state employee.

The Republican governor mentioned Valerie Cahill, of Kansas City, Kansas, in his State of the State address. She also spoke at the signing ceremony of a bill creating additional restrictions on those receiving cash assistance.

Cahill is listed on the state employee database as an employee of the agency that crafted the welfare reforms and administers the job training program.

A Department for Children and Families spokeswoman said in an email to The Wichita Eagle that Cahill is a full-time temporary employee of the department working in a program helping needy families with energy expenses.

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