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.
Both packages shorten the amount of time that parents can receive help from the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Supporters say the restrictions protect taxpayers and help recipients become self-reliant. Critics contend they harm people who face the greatest obstacles and force families into desperate circumstances, including homelessness.
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