Kansas Kicking More People Off Food Stamps Amid Labor Shortage

Tonight we focus on local government playing politics with the lives of workers once again and what might be some very real motivation to stay away from public assistance. 

The life lesson right now: 

The rulers on both sides of the aisle don't really care much about people who need help and see them mostly as a way to leverage votes. 

Accordingly, here's more deets about the policy battle over Kansas HB 2448. . .

Supporters of the bill argue that effectively kicking people off of food stamps will increase the labor pool and help fill open jobs. However, Department for Children and Families data show about 14,000 able-bodied adults without dependents receive SNAP benefits each month.

Republicans aim to make (a worker training program) participation mandatory, while Democrats contend "those working poor are not participating because they're working," said Sen. Pat Pettey, D-Kansas City.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

With record-low unemployment amid 95K open jobs, lawmakers pass bill to move Kansans off food stamps

As businesses report thousands of open jobs amid record-low unemployment in Kansas, Republican lawmakers are looking to move people off of food stamps. The Legislature passed HB 2448, which places new work or training requirements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.