Kansas Has Come Up With A New Way to Screw the Poor

Kansas Has Come Up With A New Way to Screw the Poor

Starting in July, a new law in Kansas will restrict the amount of cash a welfare recipient can take out of ATM’s to just $25 a day—a move that critics say introduces a whole new host of financial burdens—including high ATM fees and travel costs—when they access cash.

Max Ehrenfreund at the Washington Post explains:

Since most banking machines are stocked only with $20 bills, the $25 limit is effectively a $20 limit. A family seeking to withdraw even $200 in cash would have to visit an ATM 10 times a month, a real burden for a parent who might not have a car and might not live in a neighborhood where ATMs are easy to find.

The law, backed by a GOP-dominated Kansas legislature and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, will benefit the pockets of large banks while taking money from poor families who rely on food stamps.

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  • Joblin

    Oh those poor welfare recipients, they will just have to go to a more hospitable (and bankrupt) state, like California. I’m glad KS and AZ are cracking down on those freeloaders.

    • outvoiced

      you’re a piece of s*** do you realize what kind of people are actually on social services elderly people , handicapped people, people who are dying of cancer. … x-military…..my mother. …who’s 69 and had polio as a child. ..
      not sure about who you are but how about thinking before you speak.

  • Randy

    They’re still allowed to go to the bank and withdraw money during normal business hours. They can get what they need then. I suspect this is to hinder access to midnight drug money.

    • our voiced

      Well it is about the stupidest way you can get $20 amounts of drugs easier than higher quantity amounts…

  • Sherrie Daigle

    Really, freeloaders? Childs support comes on the cash side of that card in many states and parents should have access to that money to pay rent, bills or do whatever with. Not everyone is a “freeloader”, so keep your ignorant comments to yourself.