Brownback Signs Tough Welfare Reform Law

April 16, 2015 - Leave a Response

Kansas Govenor Sam Brownback sign one of the nation’s strictest welfare laws into place Thursday.
The measure limits the amount a welfare recipients can get from an ATM machine, restricts where welfare fund can be spent and hold some recipients responsible for the actions of others.
Brownback has long pushed the concept of work over welfare.
“That’s where the real benefit is, it’s getting people off of public assistance and back into the market place and gaining the dignity and far more income there than the pittance of the government,” he said as he signed the bill.
Among its elements was a $25 limitation on the use of a welfare cash card at an ATM.
The executive Director of the United services of Johnson County, Karen Wulfkuhle worries of the impact on many poor families who do not have checking accounts and often pay bills like rent or utilities with cash or money orders.
“And to be able to make all of the payment they need to make over the course of a month with that limitation could be a hardship for those families,” she said.
The new legislation restricts what welfare can buy with their cards.
Those items include alcohol, tobacco products college and pro sports tickets and some other forms of entertainment, including sexual oriented businesses.
The cards may not be used in other stores liked jewelry stories; massage parlors, nail shops casinos, liquor stores and lingerie shops.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Kansas is the 24th state to place state restrictions on the federal benefits from the That Assistance to needy Families (TANF) program.
Many, however, think the Kansas restrictions may be some of the strictest in the land.

Roe Says He Wrote the Schwiech ‘ Barney Fife’ Spot

April 16, 2015 - Leave a Response

(AP) — A Missouri political consultant says he personally paid for a radio attack ad on the late state Auditor Tom Schweich during Schweich’s bid for governor.

Jeff Roe, the founder of a Kansas City political consulting firm, said in a statement Tuesday he footed the bill for a “House of Cards”-themed ad criticizing Schweich as weak.

Schweich fatally shot himself Feb. 26. He was facing a Republican primary with former state House speaker and U.S. attorney Catherine Hanaway in the governor’s race.

In a statement, Roe lamented Schweich’s death. Police have said it’s unclear why Schweich shot himself.

Roe paid for the ad through a limited liability company he solely owns.

The committee that produced the ad had shared the same treasurer as Hanaway’s campaign. Hanaway has said she didn’t know about the ad before it aired.

Mo. Senate Sued Over Coverage Rules

April 16, 2015 - Leave a Response

AP) – A liberal advocacy group sued the Missouri Senate on Wednesday, asserting that restrictions on filming some Senate committee meetings are in violation of the state’s open-meetings law.
Progress Missouri’s lawsuit alleges that decisions by some Senate committee chairmen to prohibit filming by the group violate the state’s Sunshine Law and infringes on the group’s freedom of speech and association. Executive director Sean Nicholson said he’s tried to work out a solution for months.
“Some of these senators think the law doesn’t apply to them,” Nicholson said.
Missouri’s Sunshine Law allows public bodies to establish guidelines on recording to minimize disruption, but the lawsuit says Progress Missouri’s filming wouldn’t have been disruptive. Senate rules state that cameras may be allowed with the permission of the committee chairman “as long as they do not prove disruptive to the decorum of the committee.”
The lawsuit says some senators’ policy allowing only members of a Capitol media association to film hearings violates freedom of association by essentially requiring Progress Missouri to join the group.
Senate Majority Caucus spokeswoman Lauren Hieger said the Senate would not comment on pending legal action, but noted that the Senate has made improvements in technology to set up audio feeds in overflow rooms for Senate hearings.
“We just follow the same policy that we follow on the Senate floor,” said Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, declining to comment further on the lawsuit. Kehoe is one of the chairmen named in the lawsuit, along with Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, and Sen. Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and the Senate itself.
Media outlets seeking to film Senate proceedings typically request permission in advance, and Senate rules state that making live or taped recordings of the full Senate is subject to approval from the Senate president pro tem and the majority and minority floor leaders.

Hundred March in KC for “Livable Wage”

April 15, 2015 - Leave a Response

Clayton Cops Say Schweich Pondered Suicide Before

April 14, 2015 - Leave a Response

AP) – Investigators say Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich had talked for years of taking his own life but left behind no suicide note when he fatally shot himself several weeks ago.

Police in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton said Tuesday that they’re nearing the end of their investigation and have found nothing to suggest the death of the Republican candidate for governor was anything other than a suicide.

Although Schweich had been prescribed two-dozen different drugs for such things as pain relief and Crohn’s disease, toxicology tests showed there were no illegal drugs in his system.

Also Tuesday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced plans to appoint Democrat Nicole Galloway – a county treasurer – to fill the job. She would serve the remainder of Schweich’s four-year term, which began in January.

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