KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While turning down one federal handout last week, the administration of Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback was applying for a different one.
No, thanks: $31.5 million for implementing the new federal health care law.
Please remit: $6.6 million to promote marriage.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is seeking $2.2 million a year for three years to pay for counseling that encourages unwed parents to marry. Free marriage licenses would be given to those who do.
State officials portrayed the grant request as the state's first major marriage initiative aimed at reducing child poverty.