The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a pair of new reports out attacking Kansas’ successful welfare reforms. Following these reforms, thousands of able-bodied adults moved from welfare to work, finding jobs in more than 600 different industries and more than doubling their incomes within just a year.
The group claims it reviewed administrative data from Kansas — data CBPP admits it “adjusted” in various ways — but its results are wrong. How do I know? Because I worked with the state to secure the raw data in the first place.
In 2011, the Brownback administration strengthened sanctions for able-bodied adults who refused to comply with work requirements in the TANF cash assistance program. These reforms undid much of the damage caused by then-Governor Kathleen Sebelius, who would go on to push for massive welfare expansions in the Obama administration.