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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: KANSAS GOVERNOR RECEIVES NATIONAL EXECUTIVE OF YEAR AWARD FOR ANTI-POVERTY LEADERSHIP
AWARD HONORS LEADERSHIP IN PROMOTING WORK, COMBATING LONG-TERM DEPENDENCE
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was named the recipient of the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Executive of the Year Award for his leadership in championing reforms that promote self-reliance and combat long-term dependency in the Sunflower State.
Since he took office, Brownback’s welfare reforms have helped TANF recipients find more than 34,000 new employments as they move from welfare to work. His common-sense reforms, like work requirements, are widely supported by people across the political spectrum, and his willingness to be a trailblazer in 2013 demonstrated his will to lead from the front. Since then he has continued to be a leading proponent in helping to restore the working class by signing legislation that solidifies, strengthens, and expands on his prior reforms.
“The goal of our social safety net is to catch those who stumble and then help them up, supporting the truly needy,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA CEO. “Gov. Brownback has achieved this with common-sense welfare reforms for Kansas.”
“Welfare works best when it’s geared towards helping people achieve independence fast and feel the pride that only comes through a job. That’s why work requirements and other welfare reforms enjoy strong bi-partisan support.”
Gov. Brownback is one of a handful of state leaders from around the country being recognized by the FGA for their work in 2015, and they are the first group of lawmakers to be honored with this annual award.