Capitol Watch: Behind the Kansas welfare-to-work success story

In its quest to enact harsher restrictions on people seeking assistance, the Brownback administration has made good use this session of Kansas City, Kan., resident Valerie Cahill, who speaks eloquently of her own journey from public assistance to self-reliance. But Cahill’s experience probably isn’t typical of a welfare recipient getting into the workforce.


The Monday Poll: Are tougher welfare laws fair?

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law tightening requirements for welfare recipients last week, and the Missouri General Assembly sent its own version of limitations in a bill to Gov. Jay Nixon. We’d like to know what readers think about the packages.


Pass a small fuel tax to invest in Missouri’s roads and bridges

A big part of Stephen Miller’s job these days is trying to persuade the Missouri General Assembly to spend enough money to maintain and repair the state’s extensive system of crumbling roads and bridges. But Miller, the Kansas City-based chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, is running into roadblocks erected by anti-tax state legislators.


Better pay for low-wage workers would benefit everyone

Fast-food servers, custodians, hotel attendants and underpaid adjunct college professors all converged on midtown in what may have been the largest show of solidarity since organized calls for fair and livable wages began a couple of years ago. It’s time for policymakers to get on board. This is an issue that ought to inspire bipartisan support.

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