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No Happiness Allowed: Kansas Doesn’t Want Welfare


This is something I never in life thought I would hear. I think if you are gonna give the money out even though there are some people who will misuse it, there are many good parents who just need a break, and going to a movie “is” taking a break..

*As if being dependent on government assistance offers any degree of fun, a new House Bill on the agenda in Kansas wants to ensure it stays that way.

Why not just put out a sign that says, If you’re on welfare, ‘No Happiness Allowed’?

Well, actually, that’s what they’ve done. According to a new legislative bill, families in Kansas who are receiving welfare or government assistance will not be able to use those monies to take their family to a movie or round up the kids and go swimming.

Its called House Bill 2258 and its on the agenda waiting for a signature from Gov. Sam Brownback (R) this week.

It also disallows these monies to be used on things such as gambling or getting tattoos on the state’s dime. This is certainly more understandable.

These are just a few of the restrictions contained within the measure that promises to tighten regulations on how poor families spend their government aid.

According to state Sen. Michael O’Donnell, the Wichita Republican who advocated for the bill, the legislation is 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,” O’Donnell, vice chair of the state senate’s standing committee on public health and welfare, told the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Source: eurweb/The Washington Post

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