Don’t Limit ATM Withdrawals for Welfare Recipients


Target: Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback

Goal: Don’t limit the amount of money welfare recipients can withdraw from ATMs to $25 per day.

Welfare recipients may be limited to withdrawing only $25 a day from their benefits if a new bill is signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. This bill is unprecedented and could severely hurt welfare recipients who sometimes need to withdraw larger amounts of cash to pay rent.

While welfare recipients may withdraw more cash at a bank counter, those who are too poor to have access to bank accounts due to bank fees are completely out of luck and this bill will just make living in poverty more difficult. This is a prime example of how much harder it is for someone who is poor to become financially stable. Additionally, the bill sets a hard cap on how long recipients can receive benefits.  Unless the recipient can prove they have gone through extreme hardship such as sexual assault, the recipient is cut off after three years. The federal government’s cap is five years.

The bill may have some positives in it, such as banning withdrawals from places such as tattoo parlors or casinos, but these positives are heavily outweighed by the strict limitations it places for those who desperately need these services.

Governor Brownback has supported this legislation in the past and he has not yet received the bill, but we need to urge him not to sign this bill that hurts welfare recipients. Please sign the petition below so that Governor Brownback knows how damaging this legislation could be.


Dear Governor Brownback,

A bill is soon to arrive on your desk that severely limits the amount a welfare recipient can withdraw to only $25 per day. While recipients can withdraw larger amounts at a bank counter, many poor people do not have the ability to maintain bank balances and fees, which makes life much more difficult for those in poverty.

In addition, the hard caps for how long recipients can receive benefits has been shortened to only three years. Compared the federal government’s five-year limit, this legislation is much harder on welfare recipients who desperately need this money to survive.

This bill is going to make the lives of people in poverty even more difficult.  Please do not sign this awful legislation when it arrives on your desk. We need to help those who struggle to find jobs and get back on their feet and this is not the way to achieve that.


[Your Name Here]

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