Safety net – In the coming year, Kansans likely will hear that thanks to actions of Gov. Sam Brownback and his Legislature, the state has reduced by half the number of families receiving welfare assistance. But no one should think even for a moment the statistic is proof that Kansas has fewer people in poverty or that more people are working their way up to better incomes and better lives. In fact, a recent report from the United Community Services of Johnson County shows the number means more Kansans are living with less, more children are in poverty, and more families have less ability to build a stable future. What passes for a safety net in this state under Brownback and his handpicked majority of lawmakers amounts to telling someone to pull himself up by his bootstraps and then taking away his boots to make sure he can’t.