Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will reduce the amount of time families can be on welfare:
SB 402 will reduce the time frame a family can receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to 24 months from 36 months, unless a family gets a hardship exemption.
It also reduces the lifetime limit in Kansas from four years to three years. The federal limit is five years.
The change won’t save the state money because the program is funded by federal dollars. But Brownback said he thinks it will spur people to reenter the job market sooner.
Oh. So what is the reason?
“The longer you’re out of the work force, the harder it is to get back into it, and this is encouraging people to get back into the work force on a sooner basis so that the deterioration of those work skills doesn’t continue to happen,” Brownback said. “… You need people getting back in the game quicker.”
Yeah, except the law stipulates you have to be seeking a job to be on unemployment in the first place.
Schools in the state of Kansas are closing, but this is what Brownback is doing. What an ass.