Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback reiterates arguments against "marriage penalty" for those receiving welfare
Scott Rothschild, Lawrence Journal-World, 1/5/2011
In May 2008, U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and David Blankenhorn wrote an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal calling for an end to what they described as the "marriage penalty" for people receiving welfare. Brownback and Blankenhorn, founder and president of the Institute for American Values, argued that poor people receiving public assistance were encouraged to stay unmarried because their combined incomes would make them ineligible for those benefits... Brownback and Blankenhorn proposed allowing newly married couples to be allowed to receive all their benefits for the first three years of marriage. "This adjustment should give newly married couples a sufficient grace period to realize the economic benefits of marriage – and save money to stabilize their financial situation – before government benefits cease," they wrote.