Topeka — Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback wants to change rules for state social service programs that he says discourage marriage.
At a news conference Monday, the Republican governor-elect promised to push for policies allowing people who participate in social service programs to keep their benefits if they get married.
Brownback says that under current rules, people lose their benefits because getting married increases their household income just enough to disqualify them.
Brownback later acknowledged that changing the rules could cost the state more money. But he says the state will save money in the long run if more children are raised in healthy families.