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Brownback announces big changes at Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

Former SRS leader says overhaul of leadership focus is troubling

May 27, 2011, 5:56 p.m. Updated May 27, 2011, 9:45 p.m.

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— Gov. Sam Brownback's administration on Friday announced an overhaul of the leadership and focus of the state welfare agency.

"This transition marks a new day at SRS," Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki said.

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But a former SRS secretary, Robert Harder, said the changes were troubling. "I read it with a heavy heart," said Harder after reading Siedlecki's press release.

Harder, the longest serving SRS secretary in state history who held the post from 1973 to 1987 and briefly in 1991, said he was concerned that the changes Siedlecki announced were done without input from stakeholders, Siedlecki's emphasis on faith-based initiatives raised numerous questions and all the top leaders in the agency are from out of state.

"It would seem like it would have been a good idea to have some kind of a public meeting where there would have been some opportunity to have interaction with the public and people who are currently receiving services, and vulnerable Kansas, and advocates," he said.

Siedlecki's announcement was made in a short prepared statement followed by a list of new employees and their information.

The statement was released at the end of the business day before a three-day holiday weekend. No one from the Brownback administration made themselves available to answer questions about how many SRS employees lost their jobs and what the transformation meant to the thousands of people who receive assistance through SRS, one of the largest state agencies in Kansas.

Several high-ranking SRS employees have been replaced since Brownback appointed Siedlecki.

"We have assembled a team of experienced leaders who will focus on transforming SRS into an agency committed to improving the well-being of children and families, while remaining accountable to the taxpayers of Kansas through transparency and reform," Siedlecki said in the news release.

Some of the new employees came from Florida and the Bush administration, both stops in Siedlecki's career before he was chosen by Brownback to lead SRS in Kansas.

According to the news release, the new SRS team includes:

-- Deputy Secretary of Integrated Service Delivery Jim Kallinger, who has served in various positions in Florida, including four years as that state's Chief Child Advocate.

-- Deputy Secretary of Disability and Behavioral Health Services Pedro Moreno, who has experience in the state of Florida, federal government and private sector.

-- Deputy Secretary of Administration Greg Harris, who has experience working for the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Senate.

-- Deputy Secretary for Strategic Development and Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Anna Pilato, who served five years in the Bush administration, including as director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The release lists approximately 20 more employees placed in high-ranking jobs.

Harder said the leadership's lack of experience in Kansas worried him.

"It makes me wonder what the flavor of the program will be in terms of the basic heritage and tradition that Kansans have grown accustomed to, which is doing the problem-solving and caring about neighbors," he said.

Harder, who is also a Methodist minister and volunteer advocate for persons with disabilities, also said he was concerned about the Brownback administration's emphasis on faith-based initiatives for families.

"Does family mean an intact family, a father, mother and children, or is there room in there for a single mother, or a non-traditional family, such as gay or lesbian or both? Are they excluded from the family initiatives? All of that remains unanswered," Harder said.

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Mixolydian 2 years, 10 months ago

A lot of needless wringing of the hands here. These things happen with the change in every administration. There was a bloodbath in 03 when Sibelius took over.

The only suprise is that it didn't happen in January. Other agencies had their blood letting then. The going reason is that they wanted to wait until after the legislative session and the budget was done.

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Alceste 2 years, 10 months ago

Wissmo:

Try telling B. Wayne Sims and Kaw Valley Center that; or The Farm, Inc; or Kansas Children's Service League; or any of the outfits suckling off of the breast of privitization.... Their "dog in this fight" is one big, roid raged animal at this point and won't be going away anytime soon......again.....we got what we as a state collectively asked for; we're stuck with it; and as Colin Powell told Bush " You break it, you own it...". We done broke it I do fear....

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

Alceste, I am arguing even though we are doing well in many areas, there is room for improvement. The Foster Care leanings over the past 15 years is clearly out of KU research needy, overpaid, under field worked, upper middle class dreamy we want to help everybody.

They can move on to other universities and they do. What they planted stays in our state for quite some time. Take the KU Autism program and all the bragging bleating including LPS did for many years. Now who owns the failed program? LPS does no more than any other district in the state, in fact perhaps less. But, we sure spend more.

Yes, Alceste, the foster care, state custody situation in Kansas is research opinion based, and can be improved. Quickly.

I clearly stated the 90 day hold law for state custody kids is an utter failure. Utter failure means kids hurt.

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Alceste 2 years, 10 months ago

Wissmo: What's the deal with your "stats"??? They don't stand for a hill of beans given this is what is being measured: Percent Low-Birthweight Babies, Infant Mortality Rate, Child Death Rate, Teen Death Rate, and Teen Birth Rate

Here's a better report for you which underscores how SRS CHEATS:

http://www.nccpr.org/reports/kansas.pdf : WHY KANSAS CHILD WELFARE IS BROKEN

As well, simply comparing Kansas to other states is absurd. Simply put, why hasn't "the right thing" been going on for the past 30+ years? Why was Kansas compelled to enter into a consent decree relative to foster care (which led to privitization which leads to a vested interest in keeping children in "the system" rather family reunification, blah, blah, blah.

"Our" state is a state which has been broken for a long time when it comes to children and families in need. Accept the reality you reside in a state fraught with ignorance. As a 5th generation Kansas Hillbilly I know from where I speak.....and write.....

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

Jafs, I will provide the research explaining the relative high rank our state has in quality of life for a child. Again, I scratch my head over people of our community who seem so dead set of proving we are a bunch of ignorant mud farmers compared to the rest of the country.

Not directing this at you Jafs, but all the Kansas bashers.

Were you frightened by a state trooper as a child? Or do you just swallow what other libs tell you? Why the unjustified criticism of our state?

OK, here it is. Kid Count a legit study using data from good sized yearly samples from numerous indicators feel Kansas ranks 14th best in how we deal with our youth.

http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/acrossstates/Rankings.aspx?ind=137

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kernal 2 years, 10 months ago

Just what does Ms. Pilato mean by "faith based initiatives"? If you are of a faith other than Christianity you don't qualify for any SRS benefits?

C'mon Pilato, what is your real initiative?

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

I read one of the two phrases libs use when really getting whupped with facts.

It's for the children. The other is he/she/it is a racist.

Doesn't Kansas under conservative leadership for the most part rank very high nationally on raising healthy well adjusted youth?

Some are arguing from the angle Kansas is failing at our responsibility to our youth.

Are we afraid we can improve and maybe work more efficiently?

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BigPrune 2 years, 10 months ago

The hatred from the leftists on here is astounding. Peace and love is nowhere to be found, just ignorance.

This is hope and change. Deal with it, and try opening your narrow minds for once.

If you are unable to open your minds, here's a suggestion: Since AOL (George Soros), bought the Huffington Post pre-election, why don't you go join your brethren over there.

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parco814 2 years, 10 months ago

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edjayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

The Brownbut version of the "Final Solution".

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El_Mysterioso 2 years, 10 months ago

Another day in the state of Brownbackistan. The extremist Republican fundamentalists continue to consolidate their power. What next? Stoning of female victims of rape?

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edjayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

Sounds like Brownbut is going to be a pretty unpopular Governor when his term is up.

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camper 2 years, 10 months ago

I wanna see a god damned birth certificate.

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jackbinkelman 2 years, 10 months ago

The Plan; Create so much extra red tape that those needing services will simply drop out, not bother or worse. Of course Kansas will pay one way or another and then some.

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nomorebush 2 years, 10 months ago

everyone send this to -rachel@msnbc.com - and then watch Monday at 8.00 or Tuesday.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 10 months ago

I'm to the point where it would no longer shock me if Brownback invited Fred Phelps to Cedar Crest for a prayer breakfast and then signed the paper work to give Scott Roeder a pardon.

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camper 2 years, 10 months ago

Does anyone know if Brownback has produced a copy of his long form birth certificate? I am beginning to become suspicious.

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Jimo 2 years, 10 months ago

The only news releases that politicians send out on Fridays before holiday weekends are shameful bombshells.

Here, we have a governor dumping experienced career people and replacing them with political--and religious--hacks. What's next: pray the gay away?

Unfortunately, the most vulnerable people in Kansas will be the ones who suffer from this Bush-like degree of incompetence.

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pigballin 2 years, 10 months ago

A lot of obama people . Michelle needs another $2000.

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pigballin 2 years, 10 months ago

The need is for private jobs ,,not any more lazy gov't jobs dear libs.

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pigballin 2 years, 10 months ago

The need is for private jobs ,,not any more lazy gov't jobs dear libs.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 10 months ago

These are the same people who used state money to keep Terry Scheivo alive and to justify hanging pictures of Jesus on the walls of government buildings.

Kansas is doomed.

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JM Andy 2 years, 10 months ago

The is eff-ing outrageous. Not that I don't agree that SRS needed massive reorganization. It sure as heck did/does. But this is not how it is done. This is tyrannic. Hope you are happy with electing this sob, people. You've signed away your rights to an autocrat.

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sr80 2 years, 10 months ago

i bet if you did E-verify on SRS that the program would be eliminated and i am not talking about the needy, it is the employees !!!

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DeaconBlue 2 years, 10 months ago

Great. Does this mean I won't have to pay more to take care of liberals I don't even know?

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Sparko 2 years, 10 months ago

And this is his focus. Brown-shirted re-education. The GOP spreads misery and sucks the life out of society. And, again, where are the jobs?

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James Roper 2 years, 10 months ago

"Time for some investigative reporters to do some digging." Right, except new organizations can't afford it, no longer have a tradition of it, don't have much experience with it, and why bother digging around when so little of the public pays attention?

Besides, reporters want "access", not trouble. I'm still stunned that in them midst of so much blind cutting, no one has bothered to ask Brownback to align his zeal for attacking social programs (too much $) with his family's zeal for sucking up farm subsidies. Gub'ment money, whether state or federal, is still gub'ment money, and therefore evil.

The Koch's have won, at least in this state, and this "news"paper's owner couldn't be happier.

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ignati5 2 years, 10 months ago

Turning SRS over to "faith based" groups opens the door to species of abuse and corruption we have not yet experienced, as well as practically every imaginable civil liberties lawsuit. It provides jobs for out-of-state GOP cronies of Brownback at the expense of Kansans with good records of public service. On the darker side, what kinds of "faith-based" groups will get on board this particular gravy train? Reverend Billy? Westboro Baptist? Hamas, anyone? BG

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 10 months ago

I said when he hired the lousy dennis taylor that this would happen. Taylor did the same thing when he was with the Kansas department of human resources. He fired all the competent people that happened to be democrats and replaced them with republicans. Check this latest list of hiring and see who has an r by their name. What a bunch of lousy people.Enjoy it while it lasts sam. First you will never be a presidential candidate and second you will get run out of office because you can't hide or explain all of your lousy deeds. By the way sam where is the 1st job you have created for the general populus no one can find it.

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bobberboy 2 years, 10 months ago

whatever it is ole browncrack will screw it up. let's keep church and state separate. Please.

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nonracist 2 years, 10 months ago

Tent to think the most vocal critics of SRS have never worked for nor had any direct dealings with them. Every organization has some bad employees. However that does not justify bringing in at top level, people with the record Brownback's picks have.

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grammaddy 2 years, 10 months ago

I hope everyone who voted for the guy is happy. Haven't seen one job created, just a lot of lives put on the edge. Those who could least tolerate it.

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johnnyreb 2 years, 10 months ago

Siedlecki/Moreno for Governor/Lt. Governor in 2018! Great work! Sad day for Kansas liberals. Conservatives rejoice!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

SRS has a difficult job. Fixing the dysfunctional families that get that way under the crushing weight of a society and economy that's structured to meet the whims of those at the very top, not those in the lower tiers, is destined to meet as much failure as success, especially when funding is kept low so that the Koch brothers', et al, taxes are even lower.

While there is almost certainly much that needs to be fixed at SRS, these actions don't indicate that Brownback has any intention of fixing anything. This is all about imposing a right-wing ideology on the SRS, not about helping families in need.

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BrianR 2 years, 10 months ago

The government is going faith-based? Does the First Amendment not apply here?

Are these the same Florida officials who lost several hundred foster children?

This administration is really starting to look like a domestic threat.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

LBJ had a vision, taking FDR's blueprints and closing up some loopholes regarding poverty.

We should be proud, Kansas is not as screwed up as most states are in how this simple idea of taking care of the few deserving unfortunates turned into huge fiscal problems. CA can't pay bills for instance.

This was the basic idea wasn't it. The few who fell through the safety net? In the early 1990s I visited an older impoverished relative who was given an apartment, food, heat, water, electricity all for just being poor. Actually, blowing through money, houses, cars, husbands, you name it. Had a nasty problem with Jim Beam and Uncle Jack too.

This place was a high rise near 87th st. in Overland Park. The place was ripe with Russian immigrants, and people from all over the world. Young, old, it didn't seem to matter. They all got the same deal. Somebody has to pay for this.

What really was sad was after moving in this relative was all "thank the lord" can you believe this, can you believe that, meals on wheels, the best medical treatment.

Within a few weeks, like her high rise mates, all were complaining, parking problems, too hot, too cold, t.v. reception, new carpet lists, you name it.

Now take this little example, then multiply it out over all the social welfare programs offered and funded.

Not sure people realize the extent of what we offer in Lawrence. There's a huge number of Section 8 housing units in Larrytown.

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mloburgio 2 years, 10 months ago

Respected head of local SRS office fired Jean Hogan, for six years the respected and innovative regional director in Wichita for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, has been fired by the state secretary of SRS.

Friday was her last day. She started as a social worker for SRS 38 years ago, and worked her way to the top of the Wichita regional office six years ago.

She said she was given the news by SRS chief of staff Jeff Kahrs, and that she's not the only regional SRS director being removed.

"So I get to retire," she said. "The chief of staff said the Secretary (new SRS director Robert Siedlecki), would like to pick his own administrative team."

"I want the community to know how important it is for SRS to be the eyes and ears for the safety and protection of children," she said.

Her removal, and what she said is the removal of other state SRS regional directors, is coming at time when SRS's budget for taking care of children, the poor and the elderly is being cut. Since 2009, she said, her Wichita staff has been reduced from nearly 600 positions to about 490 now. The Kansas Legislature this year passed a budget cutting $10 million across the board from state social services.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/05/28/1868295/respected-head-of-local-srs-office.html#ixzz1NeO9fZdt

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mloburgio 2 years, 10 months ago

SRS solicits budget-cutting ideas

Agency looks for ways to make additional spending cuts TOPEKA — A top official at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services on Wednesday asked mental health advocates for help in cutting almost $40 million from the department’s $1.6 billion annual budget.

http://www.khi.org/news/2011/may/26/srs-solicits-budget-cutting-ideas/

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somebodynew 2 years, 10 months ago

Good info cait48. To me this is all about control. Brownshirt wants to control everything (scary picture with the name and actions), and these are his people to do it. He is attacking at the very core that will affect a lot of Kansans and now he has people who will do whatever it takes to follow His mission.

And hypocrisy ??? I have yet to see one of this group give a c(( about a child once it is born, only before.

Hypocrisy - - how about some jobs for Kansas citizens like they promised while campaigning???

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 10 months ago

I've been researching these people on the internet and what I am finding is not encouraging. Jim Kallinger is a general contractor who served in the Florida House of Representatives for two terms. After losing the election for Orange County Commissioner he became Director of Development for the Christian Coalition in 2004. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Child Advocate for the state of Florida by Crist, a post where he was senior management in charge of child abuse investigation and adoption. Prior to 2007 he had no experience in social services and he holds no social welfare degrees. He had not "served in various positions in Florida" prior to the 2004 appointment other than as a state representative. This is the man I am most concerned about due to the responsibilities he is assuming in this state. He comes from state where, in 2002, over 500 children were discovered missing from the state's foster program. It's suspected that more than a few were outright murdered while the foster parent(s) continued to collect state payments for their care. In the four years that Kallinger held the post in Florida I can find little evidence that he did much to clean up the mess in Florida's DFC that Jeb Bush's administration left behind.
Although I am sure Pedro Moreno is a nice man, his one "claim to fame" is that he started an organization encouraging fathers to parent their daughters. Most of this work, according to his own blog posts at Huffington, seems to have taken place in India. I'm very troubled that Brownback is bringing in these people. He's dismantling the state's SRS and handing it over to people who, frankly, have no real idea what they are doing. One expects a governor (or president) to give a certain number of political appointments to friends as favors. But children and family services is not an agency that one normally messes with. Most governors have the sense not to have the hubris and arrogance to actually think they can hand over that kind of agency to people who don't have the proper degrees and experience to actually care for the people they are supposed to serve. Jeb Bush tried it and look what it got him. Dead children. And now Brownback is handing our agency over to those same people? This is astonishing coming from the man who believes life begins at conception and fought tooth and nail to over regulate abortion in an attempt to outlaw it by proxy. The hypocrisy is astounding. .

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gkerr 2 years, 10 months ago

Whaaa. Whaaaa. Whaaaa.. Woe. Woe. Woe.

That nasty Sam Bwanbak he playin in our sandbox- we not want him to neither. Gkerr

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

The Plan

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/stockbauer1.html

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

Followed by taking down our nations financial institutions:

The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist(Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion) http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers under Bush/Cheney http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

Bush and Henry Paulson blew the $700 billion of bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Jeb Bush and cousin George Walker were on the Lehman Bros. Payroll when it went down.

I say new Governors Rick Snyder, Sam Brownback, Scott Walker are part of this large plan = state by state plan.

Funding provided by such backers as Koch, Waltons(Wal –Mart),Erik Prince Family(Blackwater) , DeVoss family (AMWAY) etc etc.

All of the above seem related which explains Brownback bringing in “outsiders” which are insiders.

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Mike1949 2 years, 10 months ago

People just don't get it. The conservatives across the nation, one state at a time, has been destroying system after system by Bush area flunkies that my 13 year old grand daughter could do a better job than them. Brownback said he was going to increase jobs for Kanasans, yet he hires totally out of state, and he hires people who have a history of destroying their previous state's services.

Again, conservatives have this wish to destroy America from within. It amazes me that the people of Kansas is putting up with it. Then again, ever since I came back to my home state, I have be increasingly disappointed at the incompetence of Kansas political systems. It is a death warrant if a worker gets hurt here in Kansas. I know, I have lived it!

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Alia Ahmed 2 years, 10 months ago

Not only is Brownback firing people left and right and replacing them with like-minded puppets of his, the manner in which this is happening is appalling. Not only at SRS but other state agencies, people who have spent 25 years or more serving the most vulnerable people as well as every citizen in our state are being unceremoniously fired and marched out the door at the same time. This is not compassionate conservatism. How about a chance to honor them for their work and dedication, how about letting them say goodbye to colleagues and their employees or help make the transition as orderly as possible?

In terms of SRS being "evil", it is pretty ridiculous to use some wide brush to paint everyone and everything about a huge organization as evil. As a former employee at several agencies and organizations in Lawrence, it is absurd to say every single person in the organization is "evil", lazy, incompetent. Certainly, there are a few of those folks in every organization as well as many private businesses. Social workers provide services for children and families in the state and it is a fairly thankless job most of the time. There are many dedicated employees in differing roles and professions who care deeply about the welfare of the children, disabled and the elderly in this state.

There are many people employed by these agencies and we all probably know someone who works for a local or state agency. Try telling those friends, relatives or acquaintances that each and everyone of them are evil, lazy or incompetent.

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verity 2 years, 10 months ago

Too bad the rapture didn't happen. Unfortunately the tribulation is upon us.

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Bob_Keeshan 2 years, 10 months ago

Where is the money coming from for all of these positions?

Didn't SRS just go through another round of budget cuts?

As a taxpayer, I expect when I pay taxes they go towards services for the poor, for the disabled, etc. Why does Il Marrone think my taxes should go to pay lavish salaries and benefits for his partisans?

Clearly, their plan is to put tax dollars in their pockets and hope others pick up the slack of providing services. It is the Enron model of government.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

merrill..go dig up some dirt on MTM....the state privatized the medicaid medical transportation..to the end that no one who needs a ride can get one and the providers are getting screwed with ridiculous red tape...and no one makin money but the ....private provider. And you ain't got to go far to find out what a whack ass job this Sidliecki and Moroneno did in Florida...dang near the worst outfit in the country...and Brownlick hires thems....must have been yes boys on C street. Ya reckon?

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kernal 2 years, 10 months ago

Time for some investigative reporters to do some digging.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Watch for expensive privatization to take a giant step forward. Grab your tax dollar wallets.

AND other neoconservative christian fundamentalist values will surely raise their ugly heads.

A campaign to recall Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is underway - YES! Rick Snyder is cutting education and retirement benefits to pay for corporate tax breaks. In some cities, he's revoked the powers of democratically elected local officials and replaced them with dictatorial "emergency financial managers."

Ohio,Wisconsin,Michigan also are being treated to similar shockwaves and legislation. Serious recalls are under way in Wisconsin as we speak.

This is a well funded concerted effort. Led by dishonest people.

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Katara 2 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps we could get people from a state other than one that has a reputation for losing children in the system and then finding them dead later on?

"Over the past six years, 41 percent of all children who died of abuse or neglect in Florida had been the subject of at least one prior contact with child protection authorities, the state Department of Health reports. The average for all other states: about 12 percent."

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-02-27/news/fl-barahona-dcf-policy-20110227_1_abuse-or-neglect-child-deaths-child-welfare

Further proof that Brownback does not give a crap to what happens to children once they clear the birth canal.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

To fill a basic prescription for a person in a social welfare program besides the MD who writes it 3 other well paid staff members must sign off.

Then the patient can have it filled. This is just fine for all those workers, they have great jobs. Yet, is this in the best interest of we the taxpayer. Local, county, state, federal jobs programs have more people working than actual people they train for jobs.

A slacker can actually keep moving among the various job training programs for years, all while collecting money off the dole.

Perhaps bringing in outsiders maybe Brownback's way of getting rid of the KU dominated social welfare state administration. Sometimes a dust-up is needed to find the waste.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

Taking a wrecking ball to a system that is broken.

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Mercat 2 years, 10 months ago

SRS is evil. Any change has to be good.

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nonracist 2 years, 10 months ago

The christian conservatives gave us this idiot, now we all are paying for his incompetence.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 10 months ago

The citizens of Kansas and particularly the folks who need SRS services are in for a dysfunctional and disasterous ride now that this Republican Terrorist governer has decided to grandstand with all this "reorganization" crap. I don't know how much longer this idiot can continue to foul up the state of Kansas and remain above reproach by people who know full well that this governer is the worst thing that has ever happened to Kansas.

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Confrontation 2 years, 10 months ago

At least one of these new hires is more than proud to hang a large pic of Jesus on his office wall (the white version, of course). I'm guessing they all agreed to do this in order to take away a better employee's job. You know what that means: Less common sense/statistic-based approaches, and more pumping of religion where it doesn't belong. Also, be prepared for more anti-woman/pro-abuse policies.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

Now Brownback had cleaned house of all the people who understood the system in Kansas and replace them with a bunch of dips from someplace else. Moreno? By many standards Florida has one of the worst developmental disability service programming in the nation. This is one of the worst moves yet. Kansas' most vulnerable persons are now going to be held hostage at gunpoint by the self rightous do gooders....guess who is going to suffer? By God John Brown's body lies a smouldering in the grave...but Sam is going to find out about his truth marching on.....It is not going to take to much for the real Kansas to wake up and stop this insanity. More legislation from the pulpit coming up Sam? Sidleckin? I want to know who is lickin who and why?

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Keith 2 years, 10 months ago

I've heard of crony capitalism, this sounds like crony governing.

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Ken Lassman 2 years, 10 months ago

Brownback seems to be using the same techniques perfected by Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney in their dismantling of HUD back in the Nixon years. This guy is just preening himself for bigger exploits, all at the expense of Kansans.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 10 months ago

The jobs are taken by outsiders and not Kansans.

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somebodynew 2 years, 10 months ago

Well, people from Florida seem to be getting jobs (and with the titles associated with them I am guessing $$$$$$). Wonder if these people qualify for that no-tax thingy he talked about - you know moving to a rural area and all.

Yes sir, putting people to work (just have to move here, not actually live here before the election).

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