Kansas welfare recipients may be in for a big surprise as movies, gambling, swimming pools and tattoos will not be paid by the state. House Bill 2258 puts new restrictions on families who are seeking to pay for entertainment if it’s signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback (R), according to News Max.
Those are some of the restrictions contained inside the measure that guarantees to monitor regulations on how poor families spend their administration help.
Kansas Aims For Restrictions
Some recipients say the bill is worthless since the government can’t be everywhere at once.
“Why should Kansas welfare recipients be treated like prisoners? They don’t want you going to the movies now. What else? An institution to live in?”
State Sen. Michael O’Donnell is a Wichita Republican who has advocated for the bill and says it’s designed to pressure those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to spend “more responsibly.”
“We’re trying to make sure those benefits are used the way they were intended. This is about prosperity. This is about having a great life.”
That, as per the enactment, means restricting spending on body piercings, rubs, spas, tobacco, nail salons, underwear, arcades, voyage ships or visits to psychics. The bill also restricts TANF beneficiaries from withdrawing more than $25 every day from ATMs, according to The Inquisitr.
Recipients Receive Support From Wichita Democrat
Kansas Welfare recipients may be mad about the movies, but they do have some support from at least one Wichita Democrat. Rep. Carolyn Bridgess poke her mind during the House’s debate and said it’s unfair for government to tell people how to spend their money.
“I just think we are simply saying to people, ‘If you are asking for assistance in this state, you’re sort of less than other people and we’re going to tell you how and where to spend your money,'”
The measure was gone by the Kansas House and Senate a week ago and is broadly upheld by Republicans, who control both authoritative chambers, as per the AP.
The measure was passed by the Kansas House and Senate a week ago and is upheld mostly by Republicans, who control both authoritative chambers.
Welfare Bill Effective July 1
Governor spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said Brownback plans to review the measure carefully. If the bill is signed, the law will take effect July 1.
“The governor believes strongly that employment is the most effective path out of poverty and he is supportive of work requirements that help people become self-sufficient.”
Under the Successful Families Program, a qualified family of four can get as much as $497 every month in certain high-cost provinces, yet close to $454 in lower-cost areas. The bill would also cap the quantity of months a family could receive over a lifetime at 36 months.
Movies Amid TANF Decline
Kansas Welfare recipients say the cut in movies has everything to do with time because TANF enrollment is on the decline, notes Gulf Live.
During Brownback’s first term in office, TANF recipients dropped from 38,900 in 2011 to 17,600 in 2014. About 300,000 Kansans received food stamps, an increase of about 5,000 since Brownback became governor.
While Republicans have hailed the declining TANF numbers as evidence that anti-poverty strategies are working, Democrats have contended the numbers are proof of more families becoming lost despite a general sense of vigilance.