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Legislators want to know if governor will provide funding for Lawrence SRS office

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, 1901 Delaware Street.

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, 1901 Delaware Street.

December 9, 2011

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— Kansas legislators want to know whether Gov. Sam Brownback intends to put state funding in his recommended budget to cover the lease of the state welfare office in Lawrence and several other towns.

The question came up during a meeting of the House-Senate State Building Construction Committee.

Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services director of government affairs Gary Haulmark said he wasn’t 100 percent sure of the answer, but added, “I know there was a lot of interest.”

Haulmark said that SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. encouraged the governor to recommend the funding.

Brownback’s office said the governor was still putting his budget proposal together for the Legislature to consider when the 2012 session starts in January.

Last summer, Siedlecki proposed closing nine SRS offices, including the one in Lawrence. He said the closures were needed to comply with a mandated budget cut.

But Lawrence officials protested, saying the closure would have created havoc in the community by disrupting needed services to thousands of people.

The city and county agreed to pay SRS $450,000 over two years, which equals the amount of rent and overhead expenses, to keep the office open. Fort Scott, McPherson, Pratt and Marysville approved similar agreements.

Siedlecki has since told legislators and local officials that he would request funding from Brownback and the Legislature to finance those offices through state funding.

Comments

1983Hawk 2 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, no money will be available to maintain SRS offices. It's too important to scratch out 75k "consulting" checks to Arthur Laffer.

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sunny 2 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, Lawrence has to pay for a $18 Million library.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Local voters had the rare privilege of being to vote for a matter that required tax dollars aka library.

Voters did not vote to remove SRS funding. That is a RINO political decision made by Governor Sam Brownback although not fiscal responsible nor well thought out. It was however a reckless decision.

Where is the money Sam Brownback? YOU Governor Sam Brownback did not turn my tax dollars back to me or anyone else for that matter.

Governor Sam Brownback what are YOU doing with OUR tax dollars without the taxpayers permission?

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fools_gold_is_he 2 years, 9 months ago

Merrill, if you are going to invoke the term "RINO" please at least use it correctly. The Governor is no "RINO."

And by definition, most RINO's are not supporters of the Governor, and weren't responsible for the SRS office decision.

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kochmoney 2 years, 9 months ago

He's not a RINO. He's a pseudo-populist conservative extremist that uses social wedge issues to disguise his agenda of deliberate wealth gap expansion. That may not be in line with what the Republican party used to stand for, but it's perfectly aligned with their current agenda.

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verity 2 years, 9 months ago

". . . pseudo-populist conservative extremist that uses social wedge issues to disguise his agenda of deliberate wealth gap expansion."

You do have a delightful way with words. However, you forget the dominist thing---maybe add "and government/societal domination by radical christianists" and I think it would sum Brownback up quite well.

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kochmoney 2 years, 9 months ago

I've seen little to convince me that he genuinely believes in overturning the secular government. I think it's a convenient way to rally the base while distracting them from his righteous crusade to line the pockets of his fellow Mammon worshipers. He throws the churches a few bones but leaves the meat for the corporations.

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Don Whiteley 2 years, 9 months ago

Don't provide funding to help rural people in Western Kansas, some of whom have to drive over a hundred miles to receive these services. Use state funds instead to keep the Lawrence office open so residents don't have to drive 20 miles. As always, liberals only care about ubran populations, rural populations should all move to the city or go to h. in their minds.

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kochmoney 2 years, 9 months ago

First off, I think it's a false dichotomy to have to choose between the two populations, but secondly there's a larger concentration of those who need services in Lawrence than there is in rural Kansas areas.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

If Gov Brownback and no republican and no RINO what then?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Try again...

If Gov Brownback is not republican and no RINO what then?

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OldSoldier 2 years, 9 months ago

Siedkicki says only what BB tells him to say. He is a puppet. And he is stupid,.

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