One of the Republican governors who sought waivers to welfare's work requirements said Monday he doesn't like the way the Obama administration is trying to grant that request, but Utah Gov. Gary Herbert declined to endorse Mitt Romney's claim that the initiative guts the 1996 welfare reform.
"The idea of flexibility is something that all states want to have," Herbert told The Huffington Post.
Indeed, the Utah Department of Workforce Services wrote two letters to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking "waiver authority" so that the state's welfare officials could focus more on outcomes -- such as getting people jobs -- than on assembling data to meet narrow prescriptions in the law.
Utah officials had made the same request in an earlier congressional hearing, and Herbert said that what Utah really wanted was for Congress to add flexibility to the law.