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Statehouse Live: Legislative committee seeks answers on SRS office closures

August 4, 2011, 11:45 a.m. Updated August 4, 2011, 4:46 p.m.

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— A key legislator on Thursday rejected the justification used by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to shut down the Lawrence agency office and eight others.

And a legislative committee has asked for information from SRS related to the closures.

SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. has said the closures are necessary because of a legislative mandate included in the state appropriations bill that the agency find $1 million in administrative cuts.

But Senate Ways and Means Committee Chair Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, said that was not the case.

“The cuts were supposed to be at the administration level in Topeka and not be dispersed to local offices,” said McGinn, who as the lead budget-writer in the Senate was instrumental in putting the final state budget together that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.

McGinn said that during the legislative session, SRS officials invited reductions. “They said they could handle the cuts,” McGinn said.

While Siedlecki has decided to close nine SRS offices, he also has added new positions among top-level administration, such as a $97,500-per-year deputy secretary for faith-based initiatives.

SRS spokesman Angela De Rocha, however, said Siedlecki and the agency “were very transparent during the session that if administrative cuts were passed, office restructuring was a possibility. We even provided a list of possible cuts which included office restructuring as an option to meet budget reductions.”

McGinn said she expected legislators to start delving into the office closure decision.

That started on Thursday as the Joint Committee on State Building Construction requested information on SRS’ actions.

Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, a member of the committee, said the office closures raised several questions.

Francisco asked for information on:

• Whether SRS pays building rents on a monthly or annual basis.

• How staff reductions in the agency have affected office space considerations.

She also said SRS is paying more in rent per square foot in Topeka than it is paying for space in Lawrence.

Rep. Bob Grant, D-Cherokee, asked for a tally of how much the office closures are supposed to save the state.

“Supposedly, these closings will save millions of dollars without losses of jobs. I’m trying to figure out how that is happening,” Grant said.

The Lawrence office, the largest of those to be shut down, would save approximately $400,000, with most of that coming from rent, according to SRS. But local leaders have said the closure will result in vulnerable Lawrence residents losing services and pushing extra costs onto local nonprofit agencies. Others have argued that SRS might face a legal challenge if it breaks its lease, which would eat into any potential savings.

The committee said it wanted to hear from SRS and Department of Administration officials during its September meeting.

Comments

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

BRING THE HAMMER DOWN!.. Keep turnin' up the fire! Demand some answers!

meggers 3 years, 4 months ago

It might help if you actually read the article:

But Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, said that was not the case.

"The cuts were supposed to be at the administration level in Topeka and not be dispersed to local offices," McGinn said. She said during budget negotiations SRS officials invited the reductions. "They said they could handle the cuts," McGinn said.

Alyosha 3 years, 4 months ago

It only "looks like a partisan" effort if you don't actually look at what the article says.

The biggest contributing factor to American political problems are citizens who cannot accurately see reality.

This comment is one example of seeing only what you believe, not what really exists.

Orwell 3 years, 4 months ago

And there are those who contribute nothing but whines.

BTW, the alternative term for "not right" is "wrong."

tomatogrower 3 years, 4 months ago

Do you always just roll over and take it?

LHS56 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you Marci! I just knew you were representing the people with this issue. Keep up the good work and pressure.

kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

Some people spend their lives throwing in the towel, never wondering "what if?".

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

exactly kernal! So glad that's not the case here!

Kim Murphree 3 years, 4 months ago

Go Marci and Go Carolyn--one Dem one Rep--both asking for accountability--I like it! Wish there were more on both sides that would do the same!

chootspa 3 years, 4 months ago

The dirty secret is that Kansans, in spite of our reputation, are actually mostly just mildly conservative moderates. We're not extremists.

3 years, 4 months ago

great to see other republicans questioning the details on this planned closure...

John Sickels 3 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like SRS lied to the legislature during the budget process about what their plans were.

Not surprised.

For an administration run by so-called Christians, the Brownback gang sure seems to lie a lot.

ResQd 3 years, 4 months ago

Am I to understand as a taxpaying citizen that the money was suppose to come from top administrators, but they decided in order to save their own butts, to close offices? I am one pissed off taxpayer!

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

That's what I got from the article. It's appalling!

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

Legislators continually battle with the pressure to makes cuts and then the pounding they get from their constituents when the results of the cuts occur. Everybody needs to get real and understand they can't ask for cuts and expect it not to impact something in their own backyard. It would not ever have been realistic to think that $1,000,000 in cuts could have come from the Topeka Administration only...no way that was ever the deal. When taxpayers say we don't want to pay higher taxes, when the legislators say they will spend less....expect to lose something. It is real...Lawrence is not special although it is becoming more and more apparent they believe they are for some reason.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

“The cuts were supposed to be at the administration level in Topeka and not be dispersed to local offices,” said McGinn, who as the lead budget-writer in the Senate was instrumental in putting the final state budget together that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback."

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

When I see it in writing you will make me a believer. Legislators had to cut spending and they don't like the heat when the results of that hit home.

tecuani 3 years, 4 months ago

So the representative from Sedgwick is lying?

What "heat" hit Sedgwick in all of this? Please point that out. You can't because none of the closures are in Sedgwick. The closest closure is Pratt.

Do a little research before you open your mouth, and maybe you won't have to keep removing your foot from it.

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

One reason Sedgwick county is upset because they lost their top SRS employee during this transition. (Reading more than one paper is one way I do research) Legislators in every part of the state are dealing with different losses that resulted from a slashed budget. Just the way it is...they have to make the cuts when necessary and then the public is upset when they lose something. Can't have it both ways but it seems like there are quite a few unreasonable people out there. They want the cuts but want it to be taken from somebody else.

Lying? Lots of people watch the same car wreck and each come out thinking they saw a different chain of events. I supect this is not any different.

tomatogrower 3 years, 4 months ago

Accountability? Cuts were suppose to be made at the administrative level. Instead the increased they aministration by at least 1 person. How is that a cut? How does that serve the needy? How many of these administrators are going to get up in the middle of the night to rescue and abused child? Answer: none of them.

tomatogrower 3 years, 4 months ago

That should be "Instead they increased the administration", instead of Instead "the increased they aministration"

Need more coffee now.

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

Administration of SRS encompasses more than just a few key positions in Topeka. Positions which were long overdue for an overhaul by the way. If the new "parts" don't get the engine running better once they are broke in I will scream right along side you. I just know we needed change and they deserve a chance. We are not going to like everything and everything they do will not be perfect or even right. I say we measure it a little further out and see what it looks like from an entire state perspective. That is what they have to do. Individually we can make single person or even single community decisions sometimes. Persons in Topeka have to make decisions that overall will allow the entire state to function best at the resource level they have available.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

So you think that closing the Lawrence office, and hiring some new administrators and a PR spokesperson will make things work better?

I think that's extremely unlikely.

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

You may have to know there is a world outside Lawrence to understand.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Nice non-answer.

I await the improved functioning you speak of, but I won't hold my breath - I fully expect these changes to result in poorer services and a system that functions less well overall.

naturalist 3 years, 4 months ago

Ok but: state added a "$97,500-per-year deputy secretary for faith-based initiatives." How do you justify that? And does Kansas need faith-based initiatives?

Victor Dawson 3 years, 4 months ago

Well, first off no one from Lawrence is saying that we are special. Second, you don't add new positions and increase salaries when the legislature tells you to cut administratively!

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 4 months ago

A quick refresher -- 33% of the "savings" is going to pay the salary of newly hired Angela De Rocha.

Because SRS needs fewer offices but 100% more PR flaks. Apparently only having one spokesperson wasn't serving the people of Kansas efficiently.

LH3867 3 years, 4 months ago

A big thank you from this Kansas taxpaying family. It is time that political affiliation is put aside and figure out what is best for the citizens of Kansas. I am thankful that the legislators are paying attention. BRAVO! SRS administrators need to respond to questions. I understand the Secretary is giving pre-recorded statements now. If he can't be trusted to represent the agency he should really save the taxpayers 100,000+ and go back to Florida or better yet, join his kids wherever he left them. Putting this man in charge of the marriage initiative is the biggest joke of all.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

I think that his Brownback's determination has, however, backfired!

chootspa 3 years, 4 months ago

I like jobs that pay actual money too much for that to happen. I suspect I am not alone in that sentiment.

chootspa 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm not a member of a political party, either. However, I am responsible for the wellbeing of my family, and moving to an area with no job and no services is not something I'm going to do in the name of evangelizing an area to be slightly less conservative. I can think of causes far more worthy and noble if I'm going to make such a sacrifice.

This game of partisan chess is what has to end. It's the fallacy of the golden mean to assume that all solutions are moderate. Some may, in fact, be rather conservative or liberal.

tecuani 3 years, 4 months ago

You know... Brownies initiative to give people a state income tax break if they move to certain counties could back fire and end up moving more liberal people to those areas.

Please oh please oh please...

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

I was born in Lawrence 50 years ago! My family is in Lawrence, my friends are in Lawrence, I love Lawrence. Why would I move!?? Hopefully, if for no other reason that we have to deal with Browncrack and Co. for a few years, people in the western counties WILL become more educated about some (not all) of these far-right, so-called leaders and what they are truly doing to our wonderful state and the people that live here.

mloburgio 3 years, 4 months ago

DNC death panels? notleft_notright you need to shut off fox "lies" news.

Fourteen Propaganda Techniques Fox "News" Uses to Brainwash Americans

http://www.truth-out.org/14-propaganda-techniques-fox-news-uses-brainwash-americans/1309612678

Don Whiteley 3 years, 4 months ago

Americans, including Kansans are spoiled, rotten, little brats. We want it all, we want more, and we want it all for free. Any time a government tries to make cuts in any service, there's always a contingent of radicals whining about it. Do we not understand the impossibility of what we're asking our legislators and congressmen to do? Keep the same level of government service we have, make it work better, but by the way, cut government costs so we live within our budget. To keep up with our endless littany of whining and demands, our local, state, and national governments have had to go deeply into debt, putting our economy and our entire way of live at extreme risk.

There are hundreds of towns and cities in Kansas that do not have their own SRS office, and yet somehow, the thousands of SRS recipients in these areas make out just fine. What is so special about Lawrence that we require our own office when we have two offices within 30 miles?

tomatogrower 3 years, 4 months ago

If they are trying to make cuts, why were at least 2 high paid administration positions created? Where are the savings there? Remember that trickle down theory. Well, that only applied to cuts and sacrifice. Brownback's cronies have a cushy job now, but a city the size of Lawrence won't have the services they need. They are just pushing the money to the top and leaving us peons in the lurch, not unlike what happens in many corporations nowadays. You have that "let them eat cake" attitude. Why aren't you upset that these other communities don't have offices? Why didn't these communities fight to keep their offices? Does Lawrence care more? If you want to defend cuts, why aren't you upset about the increase in Topeka's administration office?

thebigspoon 3 years, 4 months ago

The issue here, d_v, is the lies and dissimulation perpetrated by the administration. The information that was given to the committee preparing budgetary cuts was that the administration of SRS could absorb the million-dollar cut within itself. If this was untrue (as it apparently was) then the offer should not have been made. If, indeed, there were closings mandated to hit the legislative targets, then those should have been addressed then and there. Instead, the Secretary was told by Brownback to agree to anything and then to cut the offices out anyway. This is not an aberration, this is the way the Kansas Governor works. In the event that the legislative committee has the guts to address these lies, and the ensuing hiring of a religious nut administrator, there needs to be some awfully stringent follow-up by the people, and maybe the courts. There is no provision made in the Kansas Constitution for the election by the people of a dictator, nor for the establishment within governmental structure of any religious-based program or programming.

We've seen this from the very beginning of Brownback/Koch politics: lies, misinformation, and even no information leading to the establishment of an autocracy in our state. I've gotten on this soapbox many times, and will continue to do so until the people - not the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, or whatever - but the people take back their state and its policies. We're better than this, people, but we had better let our various views be known, and right now, or we've lost to the very powers that will destroy democracy and republilcanism in this state.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Why does this post sound like Brownback spin? Are you employed by a state agency in a salaried position?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 4 months ago

Time to send SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. back to Florida aka fired and terminate the new high dollar hires.

This makes dollars and sense.

Thanks to all of the legislators working on this matter. Hats off for stepping up!

Richard Heckler 3 years, 4 months ago

"What is so special about Lawrence that we require our own office when we have two offices within 30 miles?"

It's called need.

It is my assertion that none should be closed. When people need these services help is quite likely a ASAP situation. No time for driving all over the state. Until we are in these "shoes" we will never know.

tomatogrower 3 years, 4 months ago

People keep pointing out that places in western Kansas don't have offices. I think that's a crime too, but if you live in a rural area, you must have a vehicle or access to one. You can't live without it. You can't go to the grocery store or anywhere without it. In a city like Lawrence, you can live without a car. You can take the bus. You can find a place to live that's within walking distance of a store. There are cabs, if you can afford it. I'm not saying that the western part of our state doesn't deserve to have offices in their towns. I'm just saying the needs are different.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

Nail on the head tanzer! as well as many other "help" agencies, that help surrounding communities and communities state wide, as well as Lawrence itself....THIS is the true travesty of losing the SRS office in Lawrence. It is needed to support the social help network..mental health, homelessness, Child Protective Services, Battered Women's Services, People with Disabilities, People with Addictions, Senior Services...etc. etc. etc. the list goes on and on in Lawrence. !!!

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

DNC death panels? Really "notright" (how fitting), Sarah Palin is so yesterday.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks Viva! Good read!.. I like this part: "Xochitl Hinojosa, a spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. confirms the DOJ is gathering input and reviewing funding cuts to SRS as possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act." I knew this was a possibility, but hadn't heard this! It just keeps growing, and getting better and better! RIGHT ON!

viva_la_revolucion 3 years, 4 months ago

The Department of Justice is now looking into the SRS cuts

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 4 months ago

When the lawyers start lining up it gets everybody's attention.

The Brownback honeymoon is over and everybody is starting to question his ability to manage without getting direction from his handlers.

Maybe Sam is what we need to get Kansans to open their minds and start getting more educated about the issues instead of getting led around by the nose ring by political propaganda.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

Exactly jhl! It's getting very interesting and hopefully insightful for those who seem to have their eyes and ears closed!

verity 3 years, 4 months ago

There was a honeymoon? I don't recall one. I thought the abuse started right after the ring through the nose part of the ceremony.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

just because you wish it, doesn't make it so!... as I've said before, The proof will be in Brownback and Seidlecki's CROW pudding!

Kontum1972 3 years, 4 months ago

take the capital....one if by land two if by sea....

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

from an article in ljw just posted: ..."Tuesday, city commissioners are scheduled to receive a public briefing of the various options under consideration. The item appears on the agenda for the city’s 6:35 p.m. meeting on Tuesday."

CHKNLTL 3 years, 4 months ago

whatever b*tch got that $97,000 salary had better start praying for sammie's assassins to be caught!!!

Lane Signal 3 years, 4 months ago

Some of the above postings look like spin control to me. Is the governor's office (or some quietly affiliated group) monitoring LJW boards and trying to make it seem like the SRS office closing has significant local support? I think especially the posts that misstate obvious facts are suspect.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

I have thought the same. And I would bet my bottom dollar, of which I have very few, that is the case! lol

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

Definitely!..for someone that is suppose to defuse public controversy, she sure does a lot to help those of us in opposition! lol .. next in line... Seidlecki.. whose comments and public statements are just as retarded! ~ These two do more to hurt their own cause than just about anyone I've ever heard.. outside of the long-gone Sara Palin! lol

Alceste 3 years, 4 months ago

Isense = Nosense.

Perhaps u might begin anew and dump sum money into KU to understand the way politics works.

On the other hand....just watch the film "Back to School" starring Rodney Dangerfield and you'll get an idea of the way the real world works......and with some degree of success i might add......hahahhahahahahahahahaaa........

Alceste 3 years, 4 months ago

What? U envious U didn't get an invite to the party for one of them phat job creator job created jobs? Man/Woman....U must not have the right connections.......shrug

Alceste 3 years, 4 months ago

PS: Maybe, could be they're taking lessons from the University of Kansas where clerks are paid $40,000.00 per year and "top-level positions" are paid over $150,000.00? What's good for the goose is good for the gander, eh?

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

and... for the nonbelievers... though it may be a bit redundant... http://articles.kwch.com/2011-08-04/s...
where the most telling line says: "Xochitl Hinojosa, a spokesperson with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. confirms the DOJ is gathering input and reviewing funding cuts to SRS as possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act."

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

I so look forward to the headlines that come out of this federal review!

Alceste 3 years, 4 months ago

So, larrytowngirl, you're beginning to see that SRS has so many more problems than a dinky little office getting shut down?

The concerns by the DOJ are most welcome but are very narrowly focused on ADA matters.

Are you even aware of the many, many, many problems and downright acts of skullduggery that go on in SRS relative to the removal of children from their homes and placed in a privitized foster care system.......which the Lawrence SRS "social workers" actively and happily participated in.....embracing same? Do we in Lawrence want a SRS office that wrenches children in an illegal fashion and embraces a skirting of federal placement rules and regulations?

larrytowngirl....why not become educated on just how rampant the Lawrence SRS "social workers" openly violated federal code, regulations, and law and work to correct these egregious actions? Will keeping the office stop your emotional attachement to this very political and professional matter? I rather suspect so.

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

I have read Alceste's posts and can say without a reasonable doubt that you are way off track Isense. I am not sure if you are a social worker (of the worst kind) or simply someone who has zero knowledge of how this system truly operates. In any case you are the one who are dangerous to children and families by jumping to conclusions and attacking facts regarding this very flawed system. It is apparent that Alceste likely has long term and widespread knowledge of the system from a professional perspective.

Alceste 3 years, 4 months ago

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Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Ummm guys. The DOJ is investigating SRS? Siedlecki worked for the DOJ under Bush II. Yeah, it's a new administration but....my paranoia is ringing alarum bells.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

I see your concern, but that could actually be a GOOD thing! ??

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

""This is a Democratic partisan temper tantrum you are reporting,” said SRS Director of Communications Angela de Rocha." Dear Ms. Angela de Rocha, This has to be one of the stupidest things I have ever seen come out of a government spokesperson's mouth, much less brain. It represents a hubris that's breath taking in it's scope. Whatever letter I have behind my name on the voter rolls makes no difference. You serve me. My taxes pay your salary. You work for a government agency, not a political party. If this fight is partisan it's because your bosses made it that way, not this town. You should be fired on the spot for making that kind of statement and if the DOJ truly is looking into this then I hope that sentence makes them sit up and take notice. I also hope that Steve Six takes notice of this little snit fit. No one is above the law and this includes you, your boss and your boss's boss. Bottom line, they were the ones who drew the line in the sand, not this town or county. They made this a partisan fight and if, in the end, they get the excrement slapped out of them for putting the lives of thousands of people in jeopardy for the sake of partisan "politics" then they rightfully deserve it. Every single penny that could have been potentially "saved" by the closure of the Lawrence SRS office has now been eaten up by the creation of four (count them; FOUR) new administrative positions, including your own. This gives the impression that you aren't trying to communicate or explain what the department is doing; you're fighting to save your job. Believe me, pointing fingers isn't the way to do it. If this doesn't leave a bad taste in the mouths of people of all political stripes, you will be one very lucky woman.

Lana Christie-Hayes 3 years, 4 months ago

Great letter!.. I'm sure she, for one, is shaking in her shoes, which are now covered in quick-sand up to her knees! lol

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

The truth hurts. I applaud the new administration for supporting a truthful statement. It is a sign that SRS is truly on the road to change. A change that has been too long in coming and REQUIRED new people and new positions in Topeka. So far so good.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

It's not the truth.

A Republican legislator who was involved with creating the budget that included cuts to SRS has spoken out about the fact that she was misled by the administration.

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps the legislators memory is incorrect. They dealt with many issues and if this were that important of a detail I am sure she can find it in writing somewhere. I will believe it when I see it. SRS would have never agreed to a $1,000,000 Topeka administration staff only cut. No way. Consultants and others have advised over the years that SRS was top heavy in higher and middle management in the regions for several years now. Startegically closing offices, reducing the number of regions and reorganzing what is left to reduce overall administration will complete what should have been done before. I bet that is exactly what the legislators wanted...before all the whining started.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps this, perhaps that.

The charge that this is a partisan Democratic move is false, given that the Republican legislator is speaking out.

I imagine that Republican legislators didn't think they had to "get it in writing" when dealing with a Republican governor - they may be re-thinking that. And, what on earth makes you think the governor would have agreed to "put it in writing"?

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

For someone who claims this is not a partisan tantrum you sure throw in a lot of party references. Read all the posts and see comments regarding other community closings in their news media. They were mostly concerned about the loss of revenue to their community. Unfortunately also nearly forgetting the clients who recieve services. This is a true and valid concern for Lawrence also except that so many chose to make it a political attack. The Lawrence "tantrum" would not be characterized as partisan if it had not been thrown as one. Oh and on the "in writing part"...there was plenty of paper slung around and they can't even come up with any sloppy hand written notes? That is not how it works...

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Spin, spin, spin. Just what job do you have in Topeka? (Especially since you put yourself up as an expert on "how the legislative process works".) I repeat: if this fight is partisan, it's a fight that was brought to us, not one that this town or county brought to them. This SRS service center serves over ten thousand clients. You don't shut it down and put thousands of people at risk for a savings of 200k. (200K of the 400K was lost Federal funds.) On the budgetary side of things that's mere pennies. As I pointed out, all savings from shutting down the Lawrence office were eaten up in the creation of new administrative positions. If that doesn't smell like a partisan attack than my olfactory nerves are on the fritz.

4accountability 3 years, 4 months ago

No I don't live or work in Topeka.

I am open to different ideas and learning new things. Not too into the self-serving rants about Lawrence. Talk about Kansans overall and you will get my attention. Does Lawrence feel privileged? Duh. People of Lawrence had no concern for clients in all the other closings, recently announced or over the last decade. If anything I find it refreshing that the new "outsiders" simply looked at the numbers and made a real decision. They may have been the first ones in a long time to look at Lawrence without assigning privilege. They did not know any better.

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

That's the only way to demonstrate the falseness of the charge, to point out that Republicans are not happy with this decision and the way in which it was made as well as Democrats.

You really think that this administration would put any sort of promises on paper that it could be held to later?

I think that's highly unlikely, and doesn't seem to fit with the style it's shown across the board.

justajoke 3 years, 4 months ago

One eyed Wilbur.. How would you know if the employees are happy or not? The bottom line is that all the employee are still happy to have a job. The things they are not happy with is this thing they keep referring to as "transparent ".. They are not being told anything. All they have is a date of closure but no mention of where they will be relocated to. Might be nice as a few people may need to get out of leases to relocate or find new daycares and make arrangement for care of elderly family members or kids since they will probably have longer distances to travel. So instead of making rude remarks about the employees, find something else to do. Obviously you aren't any of the people that will be affected by the closure so move on..

chootspa 3 years, 4 months ago

I've heard SRS workers tell me that they actually read the LJW to find out what's happening with their office because they can't find out anything from SRS. Open and transparent government, indeed.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 4 months ago

Brownback,Koch family ,Wal-Mart money want to privatize these services and public schools.

While they despise paying taxes they love the thought of billions in tax dollars creating a nice profit margin.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/5/secretive_corporate_legislative_group_alec_holds

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/5/new_expos_tracks_alec_private_prison

Included in their process is reducing wages across the board = blue and white collars working for less pay while Walton's and Koch's increase their wealth.

How many here want to make less money for their hard labor?

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