Letters to the Editor

Letter: DCF responds

December 7, 2013


To the editor:

In recent weeks, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) has been criticized for maintaining a reserve in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) fund. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify the use of TANF funding.

TANF is a federal program and, since the 1996 welfare reforms, Kansas has received a yearly federal block grant of $101.9 million for TANF.

The federal program is designed to be a welfare-to-work program. The objective is to help families in need temporarily. DCF has and continues to use TANF funds to prevent future poverty. Prevention programs are not a quick fix, but they are effective.

In order to sustain the current programs and invest in future efforts that will help prevent poverty, DCF has maintained a TANF reserve fund.

DCF invests TANF dollars into worthwhile programs that help prevent poverty. Current and future investment in poverty-prevention programs in no way impacts the amount of cash assistance individuals receive.

The state of Kansas wants families to succeed and find they can be self-sufficient. We will continue to do all we can to help individuals in the short term with temporary assistance but we also want to ensure long-term success through employment and prevention.


Larry Sturm 4 years, 6 months ago

And Brownback wants to steal those funds because of his tax cuts.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 6 months ago

This is a Federal program and comes with Federal rules as to how it is spent.

Brock Masters 4 years, 6 months ago

Which is exactly why they had to make up the BS about preventing pregnancies.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

Who is monitoring Kansas spending of federal dollars? The size of the reserve fund is a legitimate question that has yet to be addressed.

These reserve funds at the hands of right wingers is dangerous. We must remember Sam Brownback comes from Washington D.C. which indicates a tendency to "borrow and spend" but never replace. This is how a shortage of Social Security Insurance money comes about which is reckless management and spending of tax dollar revenue. Supply Side Economics is a disaster.

Sam Brownback is not necessarily cutting taxes nor spending less. Sam Brownback is about procuring tax dollars from any source to fund the corporate welfare with zero guarantee of payback. Supply Side Economics is a disaster.

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