Governor Reynolds Looking to Reform State Welfare

By: Jacob Sexton —

Des Moines, IA — Governor Kim Reynolds (R) spoke yesterday about a major issue in Iowa as she is wanting to push the state in a new direction.

Iowa’s largest agency in the state government is welfare and state officials that are close to Reynolds say that the administration wants to tackle the issue next year. The process was started by Reynolds as she asked the director of the Department of Human Services to resign last month.

According to O. Kay Henderson of Radio Iowa, Reynolds told reporters back in February that the state can’t afford to keep paying for able bodied adults who don’t have children to stay at home on welfare. A new service was introduced by the state that lists jobs from all over the state in one place which is said to be a start of the process.

Reynolds says her staff is currently looking for the right person to fill the role for director of Human Services and wants the candidate to have done transformational change in the past.