Gov. Sam Brownback defended his administration’s policies toward the poor in an article in Governing magazine. “Instead of focusing on spending more money on a system that creates dependency, we need to reform our welfare system to provide the opportunity for people to learn the skills to be self-sufficient,” he said. But others noted that telling people to get a job isn’t helpful if jobs aren’t available. Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland suggested that Brownback’s policies are contrary to biblical values, such as Matthew 25: “I was hungry, and you cut my food stamps. I was sick, and you refused to expand Medicaid.”
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