* A new law in Kansas requires people receiving public benefits to limit their ATM withdrawals to $25 a day. ($20 actually, insofar as ATMs do not dispense $5 bills.)
The 1996 welfare reform allowed state governments to reduce enrollment in what used to be Aid to Families with Dependent Children, now Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. In 1994, there were over five million families receiving AFDC benefits. In 2000, it was reduced to 2.2 million, and in 2011 it was 1.9 million.
Now that AFDC has been hacked, state wingnuts are taking aim at food stamps. Since it’s a federal program they can’t alter benefit amounts. But since they administer the program, they are trying to reduce the value of the program to its million beneficiaries, currently over 46 million of them.