Stop State From Discriminating Against the Poor

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Target: Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback

Goal: Remove laws that discriminate against the poor in Kansas.

Impoverished individuals in Kansas are only allowed to withdraw $25 in cash per day if they are relying on public assistance. New mothers–also relying on public assistance–will be forced to return to work in three months. There are a slew of laws in place that hurt and discriminate against the poor, and these laws need to be torn down. Sign this petition and demand the immediate removal of these laws.

It seems that Kansas is targeting the poor in an effort to improve the state’s economy. Unfortunately, this means that the impoverished will get higher taxes, while those who are middle class to wealthy have their taxes lowered. The state’s stimulus package has also done poorly; Kansas experienced 1.8 percent growth in 2013 and in 2014. It’s expected that the same amount of growth will be seen in 2015. Currently, Kansas owes $800 million but the government refuses to impose more taxes on the rich. Instead, state agencies will have to go without significant funding.

New mothers who are receiving public cash assistance are required to return to work three months after giving birth, and they can only receive this assistance for three years. The federal level limit for this assistance is five years. Other laws have limited the type of items purchased from those receiving public assistance, such as attending strip clubs, getting tattoos or piercings, going to a cruise ship, or buying lingerie–even though research has shown that the poor are less likely to purchase any of these items.

Kansas’ laws are discriminating against the poor. It is making it harder for those who are impoverished to gain any help or climb the social ladder. Tell Governor Sam Brownback that these laws do nothing to help the poor and should be removed by signing this petition.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Sam Brownback,

Recently, your state’s legislature passed several bills that are hurting the poor. One of these provisions is a limit of $25 cash withdrawals at ATMs for those who are receiving public assistance. This is a troubling measure, as those who are poor pay for their living expenses with cash. If they cannot withdraw enough money for their groceries or rent, how can they make a living? This is extremely preposterous.

I for one am not okay with a mother being forced to come back to work three months after giving birth for her to continue receiving public assistance. Other countries allow mothers several months to a year of maternity leave before they are required to come in to work. Such treatment is barbaric and cruel.

As a concerned citizen who wants the poor to succeed, I implore you to remove these laws immediately. There are many obstacles in the way for those who are poor. Kansas is adding more by increasing taxes on the poor and placing a spending limit. If you want the poor to succeed, I ask that you remove these barriers immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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