Archive for Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Committee quizzes SRS about funding for people with disabilities, faith-based initiatives

August 23, 2011


— Legislators and advocates on Tuesday voiced concerns over how the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services was handling a $6.6 million funding increase to provide services for those with disabilities.

For one thing, they said, SRS has failed to start spending the money yet, even though it was allocated for the fiscal year that started July 1, and for another, SRS determined the funds would be used only to get people off of waiting lists for services while bypassing those who may receive some services but are in need of more.

Members of the House-Senate Committee on Home and Community Based Services spent several hours quizzing SRS officials over this and several other issues, including a new faith-based initiative.

The dispute over the waiting list for those with developmental disabilities centered on new funding approved by the Legislature to provide services, such as bathing, dressing and mobility, which are designed to help people remain in their homes and communities instead of nursing homes.

There are currently nearly 2,500 on one SRS waiting list for these services. SRS Deputy Secretary Pedro Moreno said the $6.6 million would help 285 people, who are not receiving services.

But several legislators and advocates said the money was also aimed at those who are receiving some services, but not enough. There are 1,100 people in this "under-served" category.

Moreno, however, said, that wasn't the Legislature's intent when it approved the funding. Several members of the committee, however, said that was indeed the Legislature's intent. State Rep. Jerry Henry, D-Cummings, said, "SRS, they have now eliminated 1,100 people from the waiting list."

Committee members also had numerous questions about SRS' new faith-based emphasis that has been touted by Gov. Sam Brownback and SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr.

Moreno said contracts between SRS and community groups will require that the groups consider faith-based groups when seeking services.

Anna Pilato, who is deputy SRS secretary for strategic development and faith-based and community initiatives, said there were no "stand-alone initiatives."

Pilato, whose position is newly created and is paid $97,500 per year, said she was building a database of faith-based groups and would try to help those groups partner with SRS and enhance services.

Several committee members noted there were other groups and positions in state government already doing that, such as a part of the attorney general's office that deals with human trafficking.

Concerning general budget problems, state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said she hoped SRS would be upfront with the Legislature in the 2012 session about its funding needs. The agency has been hit hard by budget cuts over the past several years, Kelly said.

But she said during the last legislative session, SRS "enthusiastically" embraced budget cuts.

Moreno said all leaders within SRS can request necessary funding, but, he added, "We understand the state is in a difficult situation."


autie 5 years ago

Looks to me like Sidekicky and Moreno and Pilato don't give a damn about persons needing SRS services and are riding high on the gravy train. Paying this chick 97K for stuff that is basically already there is absolutely crazy. We need to send these boys packin back to where they came from and hire some trained professionals that are Kansans to begin with. I'll be curious to see what the bunch for core government comes up with next session to lie about.

Alceste 5 years ago

Well now, autie, hold on there. While I support most of what you're saying, I gotta take issue with your suggestion about a thrust to "....hire some trained professionals that are Kansans to begin with.....". Ummm.....maybe not. It's the Kansas hillbilly mentality that created the mess in the first place, be they republican or democrats. Well.....the people who got these plum political patronage jobs going way back.......

Brownback didn't create the problem.....he is making it worse......but going back to the old way of doing business isn't going to work either. Face it.....most, if not all, of the dolts hired into these high fallutin jobs are head bobbing, look out for themselves, I've got a career to worry about here, self serving do nothings.

Jonathan Fox 5 years ago

"There are currently nearly 2,500 on one SRS waiting list for these services. SRS Deputy Secretary Pedro Moreno said the $6.6 million would help 285 people, who are not receiving services."

So let me get this straight. We're spending $23157.89 per person through SRS services? And there's 2,500 on the waiting list. With that number they only need a budget increase of $51,294,726.35. And that's not counting the "under-served" list.

Is this why they wanted to shut down the Lawrence SRS office?

Jean Robart 5 years ago

Sounds like state officials of SRS are not using their heads for their intended purpose. Let THEM be on a waiting list and see how much fun it is.

texburgh 5 years ago

So 2500 disabled Kansans eligible for services get none, another 1100 get only partial services and yet the Brownback administration can create a new job and pay this person over $97,000 plus health benefits and retirement benefits - don't forget she's one of those state employees who still get benefits. I guess this is that "compassionate conservatism" we've heard so much about over the years.

But I guess she's vitally important in the establishment of Sam's Kansas theocracy.

jhawkinsf 5 years ago

I haven't worked out the numbers, but if fredthemechanic's post is correct, we would need at least 51 million more going to SRS and you're griping about $97,000 + benefits. Would this money come from Democratic overspending?

Mike1949 5 years ago

Remember, Kansas is controlled by Republicans, not Democrats! And because of that, all Kansans suffer!

Sylvie Rueff 5 years ago

Think of it this way - That $97K is the help needed for: -your grandmother who needs just a little help, otherwise she would have to go into a full service nursing home (costing upwards of $75k per year to you or the taxpayers - that would be you, too, wouldn't it?), -the panhandler you saw downtown, -the 40 year old "kid" who can bag your groceries, but can't manage is own household or take care of his own budget well enough to keep that job otherwise, and, -the single mom without any family around who is just trying to keep her kids with her while she has chemo for that nasty cancer.

The average annual wage in Lawrence is less than $25K per year.

webmocker 5 years ago

jhawkinsf (anonymous) replies…

" . . . we would need at least 51 million more going to SRS and you're griping about $97,000 + benefits."

That there might be much more money needed to help everyone who needs help is not a reason to waste the money we have.

JM Andy 5 years ago

Yes, Fred, it may cost $23K to support a person with mental retardation to live in the community. It would cost more to serve them in an institution, which is how HCBS waivers operate. You must show a cost savings in the community setting or the feds will not fund their portion. There is case law (see Olmstead vs. L.C.) that has set a precedent for people with disabilities having the right to live in the community like everyone else. Under the auspices of this case law, state MR/DD hospitals were closed, with a promise that that money would follow these people to the community. As you can see, that has not happened as was promised. Politicians tend to have short memories, you know.

Now on top of this, Gov. Nutjob and his bible-thumping cronies are shoving their religion down our throats, under the guise of "faith-based initiatives". You know what a faith-based initiative is? IT'S CALLED A CHURCH! (I.E., NOT THE GOVERNMENT!)

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years ago

Here is an idea. Why doesn't the persons family, in most cases, take care of their offspring instead of pawning them off on the taxpayer? We live in a world where your parents get old, and they get shipped off to the tax roles too. No bible thumping here, just a ship off your responsibilites onto someone else, mentality.

mcmandy 5 years ago

That sounds like a fine idea in theory. But many of the older developmentally and cognitively disabled adults who rely on these services were born during a time when the cause of their conditions were not known, and a huge stigma was placed on the family with a child with these problems. Placing them in institutions was not only socially acceptable, but encouraged if not expected. Its not as black and white of a situation as a lot of people make it out to be.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Well, as you note in your name, you can't have it both ways. When folks quit their jobs so they can take care of their elderly and disabled family members, how are they supposed to support themselves, much less the elderly and disabled in their families?

Oh, that's right, just invoke the magical word "responsibility," and such realities can be swept under the rug.

Katara 5 years ago

There are many disabilities that require much more care than a family can offer. What do you suggest they do to take care of them?

Alceste 5 years ago

Piffle and stupidity. My adult relatives aren't my responsiblity, either morally or finacially.

Simply because a person is born into a "family" don't make it some "life long" deal.

Cant_have_it_both_ways, if you're even suggesting we have a lifetime obligation due to birth matters, who's the "communist" now, not to mention "Bible thumper"?

What my brothers' and sisters' do; what their children do; what my "parents" do...what my own adult children do is THEIR ain't mine, nor are they my personal responsibility.

Methinks there's some mighty twisted non thinking going on....

overthemoon 5 years ago

That's a sad statement on the nature of the modern family and one that is to some degree or another shared by many in this day and age. Time was that it was accepted as a cultural and moral imperative to take care of one's family, whether you liked 'em or not. Saying that there is no moral obligation to relations or to one's community is to say we are a completely nihilist and very lonely species.

overthemoon 5 years ago

That's a sad statement on the nature of the modern family and one that is to some degree or another shared by many in this day and age. Time was that it was accepted as a cultural and moral imperative to take care of one's family, whether you liked 'em or not. Saying that there is no moral obligation to relations or to one's community is to say we are a completely nihilist and very lonely species.

jafs 5 years ago

In general, I agree that families should take care of each other more than they seem to these days.

However, my wife works with the DD population, and they need a lot more than family members can provide, and in most cases, families are very involved as well, and work closely with agencies.

notanota 5 years ago

That's the idea, sparky. The waiver list is there to enable people to stay home and/or in the community instead of being institutionalized at much greater taxpayer expense.

Getaroom 5 years ago

you clearly have never been in a position to care for a person with disabilities and further more, there a quite a few people in this community who are themselves aging and caring for a disabled person(s) in their homes already who need help. Some of the people on the waiting list have been on that list for years and need the help badly. What would you have them do being in such need? Perhaps no one really wants to hear your answer.
If you do not want to share in the costs of living in a society that cares for those with disabilities, then perhaps you need to move to Texas and exit the Union along with Perry

lauraneville 5 years ago

most families prefer to take care of their disabled family member...and work hard to make it happen..And the families who are not able to provide that level of care are not happy about it...I am guessing that you have no experience in this area...either professionally or personally!

johnnyreb 5 years ago

Agreed! We should indict him for fiscal responsibilty and returning sanity to out of control government spending that came with 8 years of Democrat rule.

Alceste 5 years ago

Having been Deaconized by the Right Reverend Flip Wilson in The Church of What's Happening Now, I would like to be informed how to have my Church's name and contact data placed on this list as noted: "Pilato, whose position is newly created and is paid $97,500 per year, said she was building a database of faith-based groups and would try to help those groups partner with SRS and enhance services."

Our Church is very faith based and we will do many good deeds. One piously standing faith we have is "Pass the Peas Brothers and Sisters. Dig deep into your heart and deeper still into your wallets and purses. Everybody loves the Cheerful giver". We will go to where sin is and put a stop to it. Well, slow it down, anyway. Our first meditation retreat, where we shall meditate together, shall be in Las Vegas where we will meditate on sin and how NOT to do things. We'll bring our knowledge back to the peoples of Kansas and move forward with making families strong.

Liberty275 5 years ago

"There are 1,100 people in this "under-served" category."

How can you be "under-served" if you are getting something for free?

Liberty275 5 years ago

You don't think people not on state aid have all their needs met? You make your needs fit your budget, not the other way around.

Liberty275 5 years ago

Substitute sentence:

"You think people not on state aid have all their needs met?"

Alceste 5 years ago

I expect one can easily conclude you would have "them" thrown into a chasm on Mount Taygetos as the Spartans once did if you had but half a chance, eh? Gotta love them eugenic types....

notanota 5 years ago

I really hope you never have to learn what that means.

GMom05 5 years ago

I agree. Where's the separation of church and state, here? I don't want my tax dollars going to any faith-based anything. This is a slippery slope, folks.

overthemoon 5 years ago

considering most of them come up with some way be tax exempt, we all pay something for their dogma and ideology. Some I believe truly do good work, a lot are just politically and monetarily motivated corporations in pastoral clothing.

mcmandy 5 years ago

I don't understand why she's making almost six figures to compile databases and network with groups that I always thought were supposed to exemplify charitable behavior. If its that easy to make six figures (or close), why the heck am I wasting money on nursing school?

notanota 5 years ago

No kidding. I'll make her precious database. I'll even program the backend and make a pretty frontend that runs queries. Give me the 97k.

Cait McKnelly 5 years ago

A lot of health care services people receive are already faith based; St. Luke's and St. Joseph's have huge health care systems. But, to date, I haven't seen any faith based systems providing social care (well except for Salvation Army but that's a different kind of "social care") and I have to wonder; if churches rush in to fill this gap, who will over see quality control? Will their care givers be licensed? If I have an unlicensed volunteer care giver coming in from a local church to be my stroke bound sister's personal care assistant, how do I know this person isn't going to be abusive, leave her in a pile of poo or steal her blind? Who holds their bond? I guess what I'm reaching for here is, just who is going to guarantee the quality of their care?

Liberty275 5 years ago

"I guess what I'm reaching for here is, just who is going to guarantee the quality of their care?"

You? Your other sister? Her kids? Her Husband? Maybe some of you could share the work.

I can't believe abandoning family members to the state or a volunteer organization is even a consideration.

Alceste 5 years ago

Moralistic at best. Lot of "liberty" in that moralism, huh? I suppose, using the same "logic" of "Liberty275" we, as a society, ought to stop ambulance services, fire fighting services, etc., etc., etc., blah, blah, blah. They're just an extension of government. If you're stupid enough to get hit by a car as you cross the street, you ought to, really, have pre-thought that manner of event out and have an ambulance on call.

Too, getting rid of these horrendous government services will serve in keeping down the excess population and kick that eugenics thing into higher gear and that's what we're really discussing here....eugenics......culling the gene pool to get rid of stupid; limited; defective; whatever term is useful. Eh, Liberty275? We, as a society, have mucked up a bunch with that "culling the herd" stuff. Bad on us. Bad.

JustNoticed 5 years ago

Voters, it's the voters we need to get rid of.

Alceste 5 years ago

Let us throw the lot of them into a chasm on Mount Taygetos as the Spartans once did given their demonstrated moron status.

windex 5 years ago

Tell you what, Liberty. Next time you have a car wreck, just call your family and have them divert traffic and figure out whose fault it was. When the road in front of your house starts to break into pieces, you and your family can just repave it. If your aunt's house catches fire, you can put it out, and you can plow her street when it snows.

Carol Bowen 5 years ago

The last statement is key. "Moreno said all leaders within SRS can request necessary funding, but, he added, "We understand the state is in a difficult situation.""

Translation: We cut the list, and we will not ask for more money.

Sigmund 5 years ago

"Committe quizzes SRS about funding for people with disabilities, faith-based initiatives"

Hopefully it wasn't a spelling quiz.

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

Get used to this trend. The cult that trained Muscular Sam wants government to fade away, to be replaced by 'faith-based' initiatives. They will, of course, define faith in their own terms, which will include the muscular jesus businessman. Should be interesting. Will a Pastafarian get a contract? We shall soon find out as the lawsuits begin to roll out. Start your own church now while you can get in on the ground floor.

jafs 5 years ago

I particularly like the part where Moreno told the legislators what their intent was, and was corrected by them.

It seems rather obvious that the legislators are in a better position to know what their intent is than he is.

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

"observant (anonymous) says… Anytime you tell me something is faith based, it scares the hell out of me. Why are the taxpayers spending money to support anyone's religious beliefs?...GMom05 (anonymous) says… I agree. Where's the separation of church and state, here? I don't want my tax dollars going to any faith-based anything. This is a slippery slope, folks." ==== O and GM: Good points, of course, but irrelevant in the current context. The Family has been waiting for this wave to crest since the 1930's and it's finally here. If the sheeple don't wake up (and vote you 800,000+ Kansas slackers in the last election) it will get interesting to say the least. Sam is not too vocal about his trainers, but he's been involved with them since the late 1970's. Read more at: "The concept is derived from Romans 13, the scripture by which Brownback and Colson understand their power as God-given: “Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” [...] Brownback doesn’t demand that everyone believe in his God -- only that they bow down before Him." There is a wealth of information about the CStreet Cult out there; I suggest some people do their homework.

verity 5 years ago

I think the scripture you quote was directed at Christians submitting to secular power (government), not the other way around. At least that is what I was taught by the church I grew up in---and it was a very conservative church.

In other words, Paul wasn't speaking to us heathen.

JustNoticed 5 years ago

It doesn't matter what you were taught or what Paul or Jesus really said. If you are a reader, you are already in a minority (you read) within a minority (voters). What matters is what Sam and all the other heretics believe and the swill that will be running thick and heavy from now on. We are in the so-called campaign season. Ha, sort of like permanent war, we are in a permanent campaign season.

verity 5 years ago

I know it doesn't matter---I was just pointing out the hypocrisy. What's ironic is that Sam the Super Christian has become the secular authority to which Christians are supposed to submit.

Alceste 5 years ago

I think there is a blog on this very site, LJWorld. com "Anna Undercover" or something like that that addresses this human traffic stuff. Some might assert one holding site is an outhouse like building out in the county. But then, that's just what some might assert. Oh....the horror......the horror.....human traffic in DougCounty.

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

Autie: check this out...............

KC Star did a series on this a while back. There are some slaves in Kansas and MO. Muscular Sam actually worked on this topic while in the Senate, back when he was trying to demonstrate his 'compassion.'

jgkojak 5 years ago

It costs 90K plus to serve a person with a developmental disability in an institution. It costs 30K to serve them in the community (i..e their own apartment or a group home) AND the outcomes for people are indisputably (research-demonstrated, as certain as smoking causing cancer) better for people with disabilities to serve them in the community. So its a rare case when the right thing to do is also cheaper than the alternative.

Also, Kansas was, at one time, considered a leader in providing services to people with disabilities, and many states actually attempted to emulate what we had built. This was achieved with bi-partisan support, from both Republican and Democratic Governors and legislators. It is a shame that we are moving so far backward.

tomatogrower 5 years ago

"Pilato, whose position is newly created and is paid $97,500 per year, said she was building a database of faith-based groups and would try to help those groups partner with SRS and enhance services."

That much money to develop a database. I'll bet any good SRS employee can tell you which religious groups in their community have social services. So you call them up, get a list, and type it into Excel. I think we could have gotten a secretary to do that for much less money. I wonder how many non Christian groups will make it on that list?

Paul R Getto 5 years ago

TG: "I wonder how many non Christian groups will make it on that list? " ====== We know the answer, don't we? ZERO. And, only the 'right' christians who believe in the strange muscular jesus of Sam's cult and who ignore the bible need apply. Read up on Doug Coe, the family's leader. A strange duck he is, but a dangerous one. or

oldbaldguy 5 years ago

Who is Pedro Moreno and where did he come from?

Alceste 5 years ago

Florida Political Hack. Transferred Hack Status to Kansas by way of his buddy, Sam Brownback. Get the picture?

Pedro C. Moreno is an author, speaker and expert on social policy. He has served in the private sector as well as the Federal and State governments, managing large institutions. His extensive experience includes work on behalf of persons with disabilities, promotion of girls education internationally, fighting trafficking in persons, supporting healthy families, combating illegal drug use among youth, facilitating the re-entry of ex-prisoners into society, helping with refugee resettlement, working for religious and ethnic reconciliation, and generally helping mainstream marginalized and low income individuals and communities.

He is Founder and President of The Father and Daughter Alliance (FADA). FADA is a Virginia-based international movement of men/fathers mobilizing other fathers to support their daughter’s education and close the gap in educational opportunities between boys and girls, FADA was launched in New Delhi, India in February 2009 in partnership with Deepalaya – a well-established non-governmental organization – and the Office of the Chief Minister of New Delhi.

Moreno has served in the private and public sectors for over 15 years, including the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (Tallahassee, Florida), The White House Drug Policy (working on demand reduction among youth), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration for Children and Families), Prison Fellowship International, The Rutherford Institute, and the Social Emergency Fund (in cooperation with the World Bank). (Cont.):

Alceste 5 years ago


Moreno served as a United States Government delegate to the Executive Board of UNICEF, was a delegate at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo (1994), attended and spoke at the NGO Forum of the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, helped negotiate the outcome document for the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children (New York, 2002), and was a delegate to the WHO-UNICEF Consultation on Child/Adolescent Health (Stockholm, 2002). He actively promoted responsible/involved fatherhood programs (i.e., fathers respecting their wives, helping at home, and nurturing their children) during his 6 plus years at the Administration for Children and Families (HHS).

In addition to a law degree from Bolivia, Moreno received a Master’s in international law and economic development from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and completed the specialization in negotiation and conflict resolution at the Harvard Negotiation Project. Moreno has traveled in 65 countries on all continents and also speaks Spanish and French.

He describes himself as “a traditional/religious family man who, after having some hard-headed ideas about these topics for many years, came to see the light and critical importance of girls’ education and full participation in all aspects of society.” He and his wife Amy have 3 children (2 sons and a daughter). Moreno is now particularly focused to make sure that his daughter (and other daughters) has all the opportunities available to his sons.

Moreno has authored numerous articles, some of them published in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers in several countries. He is the Editor of a Handbook on ethnic and religious conflict, and a contributing author to a book in the Religion and Human Rights Series published by ORBIS (1999). He has been interviewed by the Washington Post, BBC, Voice of America, Australian Broadcasting Co., UN Radio, Washington Times, Arab Times (Kuwait), Sekaj Nippo (Tokyo), and appeared on C-SPAN.

Cait McKnelly 5 years ago

In other words he's a glorified paper shuffler who really does nothing but draw a paycheck from the political/government teat and has the occasional "press conference". Odd, but when you're poor and unemployed that's called "abusing the system" and they make you jump through all kinds of hoops to get a tenth of the cash in Moreno's paycheck.

Cait McKnelly 5 years ago

When he was in FL he worked on "leveraging community resources". Sounds just like what happened to Lawrence's SRS office. We got "leveraged" into paying for it.

Cait McKnelly 5 years ago

Oh and the guy is a lawyer with no training or education in giving the services he administrates.

mscynners 5 years ago

"Faith Based"......WHY is the current KS Governor and other executives getting away with requiring "prayer" at the beginnings of meetings???? Employees fear for their jobs so are not questioning or speaking out about these new requirements......such a sad state of affairs.

Alceste 5 years ago

The real answer here, mscynners, is that the flock of sheep who cow to this mandated preying/praying are moral cowards who haven't the courage of their convictions. They are part and parcel with respect to the problems that have permeated SRS for years and years. Not a leader amongst them, they've prostituted themselves in their lives of quiet desperation for a gubment check.

Because the flock stand mute, they give respectability to the entire process which shall only get more worse as the months and years go by. Worser and worser. We deserve the government services we end with because we cow tow to the Big Boss Man. The very people who cow and complain now, forced out many who were culled from the herd because they "didn't fit in". There is no diversity of thought within SRS and has not been for years and years: Them that are complaining now made certain to ridicule and ostracize anyone who did not suckle the breast of "the current trend". A pox on them. They have no business being afraid at this point or cowering. They themselves created the environment that was rich for domination by a hack. It's down right amusing.

verity 5 years ago

You find this amusing? Real people are suffering and will probably die because of this mess and you find it amusing?

Alceste 5 years ago

This aspect of this thread is about cowering, cow towing employees. It ain't about people "dying".

But since you've brought it up, I'd like for you to be THE FIRST to point out when someone dies as direct result of Brownback's cuts.

Too, I'd like YOU, verity.....YOU to inform us all just how many "social workers" SRS has in Lawrence who are dedicated to the disabled; the dependent adult; and voc rehab. After you do that......tell us, many child abuse and neglect investigations are initiated, on average, each day in Lawrence. After you get those numbers, you'll be in a place where I might find some thought in what your post rather than in the pablum, milk toast non-sense you prattle on about emotively. Facts....provide me some facts. I know the answers to each of the questions/challenges I've posed to you. The question is do YOU?

Godot 5 years ago

The LJW should place each and every article written by Scott Rothschild in the section titled, "opinion." A journalist, Rothschild is not.

tomatogrower 5 years ago

I went back up to read the story, and only saw facts. Could you point out the opinions to me, except those opinions quoted in interviews. And he quoted people on both sides of the issue. Please explain your opinion of Scott Rothschild. Or do you just prefer to attack the messenger, and not deal with the issues?

Cait McKnelly 5 years ago

Which would put the state in the position of facilitating proselytization and really "would" violate the First Amendment. They are going to keep pushing the envelope until someone gets fed up and jerks them up by the short and curlys. Can't happen soon enough, as far as I'm concerned.

Carol Bowen 5 years ago

Aren't faith-based groups already reaching out? What more could they do? That's a lot of responsibility for volunteers.

Alceste 5 years ago

Pedro C. Moreno, founder and past president of Fathers and Daughters Alliance, an international organization dedicated to helping fathers ensure equal educational opportunities for their school-age daughters. The Alliance is no longer operational.

Moreno also has held positions at the state Agency for Persons with Disabilities in Florida, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the drug policy office at the White House, Prison Fellowship International, and the Rutherford Institute.

While at the Rutherford Institute, Moreno led the organization’s efforts to defend human rights and religious freedom in foreign countries. He compiled and edited the institute’s Handbook on Religious Liberty Around the World.

Moreno has been at SRS since February.

(Moreno's background in the provision of services is a big fat zero; same as his buddy Siedlecki. Both from Florida, Moreno was but the APD Deputy Director for Operations (APD=Agency for Persons with Disabilities; a Florida state agency.) Siedlecki was a politcal hack patronage job holder with the title: chief of staff for the Florida Department of Health. No background in social services. None. Zero. Nada.

zzgoeb 5 years ago

Why whine? Sam and the posse will continue to ride hard and plunder the state on his ideological crusade, hey wait, Quantrell is dead!!!

If everyone on this board that hates the Gov. would help to start a recall of Sam, we could really get something done.Read this;

Alceste 5 years ago

Watch, zzgoeb:

Brownback will be re-elected. Year ONE ain't even done yet. MOST of Kansas LOVES Sam Brownback. Learn to live with a tyranny of the majority. Rejoice in it. It is wholly democratic in nature.

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