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Couture-Lovelady: Gov’t Assistance Should be a hand up not a hand out

Starting next month, the State of Kansas is going to require 18-49 year olds capable of working and who don’t have dependent children, to get a job or begin job

Travis Landon Couture-Lovelady, Representative 110th District

Travis Landon Couture-Lovelady, Representative 110th District

training to receive food stamps.

State Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady who serves the 110th District including portions of Ellis County agrees with the change. “Government assistance should be just that, a safety net, not a long-term way of life,” he said. “Government assistance should be a hand up, not a hand-out. Individuals who take short-term assistance to avoid long-term dependency need to maintain empowerment over their lives, and a work requirement does just that.”

An estimated 20,000 Kansas adults could be impacted by this change. They will have three months, beginning Oct. 1, to find employment to continue receiving their current food assistance.  They will be required to work no less than 20 hours per week or be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program.

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  • me

    this guy really needs to go by one or the other last name, going by 2 last names makes him sound like a liberal woman. I didn’t vote for the guy

    • kmkansas

      ….not a productive method of choosing representatives who will serve you best. A rose by any other name……

  • alexander

    “Government assistance should be just that, a safety net, not a long-term way of life,”

    I look forward to him taking on farm subsidies.

    j/k

    I actually look forward to him taking on some other small potato hot button issue that demonizes poor people and panders to slightly less-poor people.

    • Biggiesmalls

      Demonizes the poor? Seriously? Are you mad you have to go get a job now?

    • Bosco

      Take on farm subsidies? Are you crazy? It’s like telling farmers to quit wasting water with their irrigation machines. Sacred ground buddy. Stay away from this subject

      • KSPATRIOT

        You shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds, literally! Though I too think it’s time for farm subsidies to go, and I’m a farmer. 80% of the “Farm Bill”, however, is FOOD STAMPS. Food Stamp usage has exploded by 70% under Obama. The Founders NEVER meant for the government to be handing out “entitlements” like they are doing.

        Keep up the GREAT WORK TRAVIS! It will take a lot of time and many more “Constitutional Conservatives” like you to undo the damage done to the Republic over the last century by both Democrats and many Republicans!

        • alexander

          The irony that Couture-Lovelady is paid by public ‘entitlement’ monies to jump on small potato issues only to pander to his perceived voting base under the guise of ‘eliminating wasteful government spending’ will be eternally lost on some.

    • kmkansas

      …demonizes poor people? Who? Do you realize that those who pay their taxes help the ‘poor’ each month? What would make you less poor? We started with little and have more because we didn’t blame others but took every opportunity to learn and make live better for ‘ourselves’. Only because we did that for ‘ourselves’ are we able to pay the taxes that subsidize the ‘poor’, some of whom choose to point blame instead of grow.

      • alexander

        You seem to be working from the misguided notion that ‘success’ is only attributable to hard work, and smart responsible planning.

        And while I agree that these qualities often will have an impact on one’s success, or lack thereof, I think it is irresponsible to pretend that as often as not, nepotism, thievery, and corruption are the true hallmarks of American success.

        “Do you realize that those who pay their taxes help the ‘poor’ each month?”

        Do YOU realize that those who pay their taxes help the ‘rich’ every month, too?

        Very few businesses would exist in their current guises without the help of, and reliance upon, public infrastructure/works.

        I also find laughable the implication that any of us will pay less in taxes because of this. Though maybe the petty cash box in somebody’s office will be a little fatter allowing for expanded payoffs and bribes.

        “Work requirement = empowerment” – Travis Couture-Lovelylady for slavery.

  • Bogue Kansas

    Your doing a great job Travis! Its about time people are expected to have power over their own lives.

  • american

    Yes ,its also time to go after farm subsides , oil subsidies , great benefits for congressmen, these people and corporations need to take power over their own lives

  • american

    Someone needs to slap that fake grin off his face, maybe his boy friend should

    • Uncle Thomas

      HaysPost I believe this is a personal attack! American should be fined and given a 30 day reprieve

  • Wondering

    Does he include “Lovelady” so people don’t wonder which gender he prefers?

  • featherlarry

    Why is it wrong to help the disadvantaged to get work. In Ellis county there are many business looking for workers, why keep them on hand out when everyone wins with a hand up.

  • kmkansas

    Thank you, Travis.

  • kmkansas

    Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

  • Ruth Legleiter

    Thank-you Travis for supporting a common sense approach to an abused and broken food stamp program. Any dissenters are more than likely benefactors of this .Good job!

  • Rebakha

    That’s funny because that is how the system is already designed to work but no one enforces it! Travis how are you going to make the people in the SSR office accountable for not following up with their people? My husband and I have used Food Stamps before and it isn’t a handout, that I agree with. However, you can’t expect the people in the system to be held accountable if you don’t make the Social Workers accountable to their jobs. That’s where the change needs to happen…there needs to be some kind of penalty or reprocussion if they don’t do their follow ups like they should. That being said, good for you sir! I applaud people who are willing to do their job no matter what foul things are thrown their way!!

  • americaneagle

    Thank-you Travis for supporting a common sense approach to an abused and broken food stamp program. Government assistance should be just that, a safety net, not a long-term way of life. The old saying still stands,
    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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