Poverty in Kansas declining, below national average

kansas_dept_children_families_logoAccording to a recent report from the Kansas Department for Children and Families, the poverty rate in Kansas is not only declining, but is below the national average.

As Chairman of the Federal and State Affairs committee, I see that this is yet another economic indicator showing that our “get Kansans back to work” policies are having the right effect. We have made corrective policies at the state level, lowering taxes, working to create a non-invasive regulatory environment, and reforming government services to be more efficient and effective.

Bigger government programs that have been created over the last 50 years to allegedly end poverty just haven’t worked. The best solution to ending poverty is a good education (that includes technical training) and a good job. That’s how we lower the poverty rate in Kansas, and we are having measurable success.

Here’s the first part of the press release and you can click this link: poverty down release 10.20.14 to read the rest of the document.

Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to see that the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent Supplemental Measure of Poverty report shows that Kansas poverty has declined and is below the national average.

“We are committed to helping Kansas families escape poverty through employment and self-sufficiency,” Secretary Gilmore said. “Poverty prevention doesn’t happen overnight, but it is great to see that we’re moving in the right direction.”

On Thursday, Oct. 16, the U.S. Census Bureau indicated that the poverty rate from 2011 to 2013 in Kansas, dropped by 2.3 percent. The poverty rate in Kansas is 11.8 percent, compared to 15.9 percent nationally. “

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