Colyer vetoes provision that would have capped JAG-K funding from TANF

Gov. Jeff Colyer has vetoed a provision in the appropriations bill that would have capped funding for the Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) program from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant.

Colyer said the provision would have inappropriately limited the services available to at-risk youth. Because the 2018 Kansas Legislature broke from tradition this year and adjourned its regular session without allowing lawmakers extra time to override gubernatorial vetoes, Colyer’s action cannot be challenged. 

Here is the governor’s veto message:

“Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) is a program that targets children at-risk of failing in school by offering in-class instruction, mentoring, leadership development and job and postsecondary placement to participants. JAG-K is funded entirely with funding received from the Federal Government through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant; no state funds are used for the program. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Fund has a history of having no expenditure limitation placed upon it and there is no recent history of placing an expenditures limitation upon the JAG-K Program. This section would place an expenditure limitation totaling $5.8 million upon the JAG-K Program in FY 2019. Limiting funding for the JAG-K Program could prevent the agency from providing assistance to at-risk children that would otherwise qualify to participate in the program; therefore, I veto this section to allow the agency flexibility to assist more at-risk children if given the opportunity.”

JAG-K offers classroom support, mentoring and college or career placement assistance to at-risk students. It’s funded through the TANF) grant program in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and with donations. 

State law gives the governor the authority to strike specific sections of appropriations bills while allowing the remainder of those bills to become law.  

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