From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 5, 1972:
Douglas County welfare recipients were to receive a 20 percent increase in their April checks as a restoration of earlier budget cuts was approved by the Kansas Legislature. John Derrick, county welfare director, said he approved of the House Ways and Means Committee's further action to recommend money for more case workers. Since a hiring freeze had gone into effect in June, 1970, Douglas County's welfare rolls had increased by over 50 percent. The county had only five eligibility review workers to handle over 1,000 cases.