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Brownback sets up meetings across state to discuss child poverty

In this Jan. 12, 2011 file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback delivers remarks during his State of the State address in Topeka. Brownback has initiated meetings to address childhood poverty, planned for this month. Nearly a quarter of Kansas children are living in poverty, the governor’s office said.

In this Jan. 12, 2011 file photo, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback delivers remarks during his State of the State address in Topeka. Brownback has initiated meetings to address childhood poverty, planned for this month. Nearly a quarter of Kansas children are living in poverty, the governor’s office said.

November 7, 2011

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Meeting schedule

The meetings on children’s issues will be held from 1:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Jack Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kan.; Nov. 16 at the Drury Hotel in Wichita; and Nov. 17 at the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex in Garden City.

TOPEKA — Child welfare advocates say they are pleased that Gov. Sam Brownback has initiated meetings to address childhood poverty but are concerned about some earlier Brownback actions.

“We’re delighted to see the governor elevate the conversation,” said Shannon Cotsoradis, president and chief executive officer of Kansas Action for Children.

But Cotsoradis said she is worried about a directive from Brownback to state agencies to reduce Children’s Initiatives Fund expenditures in their proposed budget submissions. Some of those submissions have proposed cuts of nearly 30 percent, she said.

If approved by the Legislature next year, those cuts “would have a devastating impact,” on programs that provide newborn screenings, early childhood education and other services to children and their families, she said. Funding for the CIF comes from payments made to the state from the master tobacco settlement, which in turn goes to programs that serve about 200,000 Kansas children.

Nearly a quarter of Kansas children are living in poverty, the governor’s office said.

Brownback has said reducing the percentage of children living in poverty is one of his top goals.

“Studies show children who grow up in poverty are less likely to succeed in school and later in life,” Brownback said.

Brownback has set up three meetings “to gather insights and strategies to reduce childhood poverty, increase childhood educational outcomes and decrease child abuse and neglect.”

He has put Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Robert Siedlecki Jr. in charge of the meetings.

“Every Kansan has a stake in the outcome of this initiative,” Siedlecki said. “I am hoping that everyone concerned about childhood poverty will attend these meetings and participate in these discussions, regardless of their vocation or background,” he said.

But the format and times of the meetings have raised some concerns.

The meetings are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will decrease the chance of people who work during the day to attend.

And the format of the meetings, which Brownback has called “town hall meetings,” will have those attending divided into small groups for discussions with a facilitator at each table. Attendees also are being asked to register before attending.

Kari Ann Rinker, state coordinator of Kansas National Organization for Women, said the format and time of the meetings will thwart open dialogue.

“It prevents the expression of legitimate public concerns about the issue of childhood poverty,” she said.

Brownback’s office disagrees. The format allows all participants to be heard and have input, said Brownback’s spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag.

It is the same format the Brownback administration used for meetings held on Medicaid issues, which Jones-Sontag said received a lot of positive impact.

As far as having the meetings during the day, she said that will give advocacy groups more of an opportunity to participate. Nighttime meetings are more difficult to attend, she said, especially for people who have children.

Comments

Cait McKnelly 2 years, 5 months ago

@ToriFreak13 If what you say is true, it makes it even sadder that he can't have as much care and compassion for the children that live in his own state; the state that he governs. So yeah, don't hand me that hogwash. What a person does to "look good" and what they actually do are two different things. A lump of dirt is still a lump of dirt no matter how bright and shiny the package.

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Christine Anderson 2 years, 5 months ago

Okay, this is going to be really difficult to say without my comment getting deleted. Too many of you are making the assumption that if parents are receiving public assistance it means we have had children we cannot afford. We are money-grubbing street urchns, right? No!! Some of us had profitable careers when our kids were born. Then bad, very bad things happened, whch now cause us to be unable to work the profession which we spent years getting the degree for. Sometimes it's extreme special needs of one of our children that turn life upside down. Sometimes it's PTSD, And before the trolls laugh that one off, don't. If you have not experienced it affecting every last facet of your life, including your ability to concentrate and have enough self-esteem to succeed at a job, then shut the hell up!

Now, back to Brownback. I happen to be pro-life, but I extend that to children after birth as well as before. I am not convinced that Briownback actually believes what he claims to. AS far as his professing to have concern about Ks children living in poverty-hypocrite!!! Baalam's Ass speaks again. And again....

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ksrush 2 years, 5 months ago

Rothy has the loony fringe stirred up again. Wait till Tuesday for another article about how the sky is falling chicken littles.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 5 months ago

RINO's show expertise in wasting time and big money.

Brownback obviously has little knowledge or experience in being a governor. He is still doing what he did while in the Washington D.C = running about doing nothing.

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 5 months ago

the title should read 'Brownback sets up meetings across state to discuss child poverty....and how to have fun while increasing it'

Go Brownie!

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Jayhawk1958 2 years, 5 months ago

I'm sure the questions will be well selected based on support of their cause.

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autie 2 years, 5 months ago

Three. Three scheduled meetings. One in K.C., one in Wichita, and the other in Garden City. With the mandatory pre-registration so we are full if necessary. So they can glean the prespective of inner city metro and western Kansas....what about the rest of Kansas? Doesn't seem to be a very representative sample of the entire population. Little Bobby Sidelicky is so excited at the prospect of duping us even further...and looking so good doing it.

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Lane Signal 2 years, 5 months ago

I predict we will see more of this doing one thing while saying the opposite from our esteemed governor. His primary focus seems to be building his resume. I think he continues to labor under the delusion that he could win the 2016 Presidential race. I don't think many are buying his silly claims right now, but he is hoping he can claim 4 years from now that he slashed the state budget while working tirelessly to address child poverty. I think he is also trying to cultivate an image as an embattled hero of the craziest factions of the far right. It is offensive that poor children are pawns in this political move, but that's Brownie's style. I hope he is shamed for his hypocrisy by those who attend these meetings.

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ToriFreak13 2 years, 5 months ago

He has actually been a major supporter of the ONE.org movement from day one. But most wouldn't know anything about that since they are busy judging.

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SOS 2 years, 5 months ago

By cutting funding is he forcing poor folks with children to leave the state and look for greener grass? Thereby dumping his problems on other states who fund programs for the poor. Not saying I agree, meerly a thought.

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Les Blevins 2 years, 5 months ago

Child poverty stems largely from their parents not having good paying jobs. So I've put together a plan that could create jobs for the working poor and long term unemployed in every county in Kansas and I've sent a proposal letter to Gov. Brownback in an effort to open a dialogue with the Administration in Topeka but wouldn’t you know he didn't bother to answer my letter which I think speaks volumes as to who (between he and I) is more concerned with the plight of those who are forced by circumstance or by government ineptitude to live in poverty. And by the way the Journal World apparently doesn’t want their readers to know about my proposal as they refuse to do a story on it. But if anyone reading this is interested in reading my letter to Gov. Brownback and learning about my proposal they can write for a copy via email to LBlevins@sunflower.com

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Gandalf 2 years, 5 months ago

If guv brownie cared anything about children he wouldn't have hired seigheil.

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autie 2 years, 5 months ago

They gonna run it like those medicaid meetings? Hmmmm...that means the outcomes and decisions are pre cooked before the bus got started. Window dressing for the masses. But what the hey, let's un-fund and under fund every single program that would help the issue. Woodenheadedness at it's finest.// by the way, anybody got the schedule of whirlwind tour on this deal? I mights want to know when the be down around here.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 5 months ago

Brownback may not believe in PREbirth abortion but he sure as heck believes in it POST birth.

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Jayhawk1958 2 years, 5 months ago

So let me get this right. Brownback wants to cut child services but also outlaw abortion?

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billbodiggens 2 years, 5 months ago

The good gov would do well to resign from office and accept a job with SRS. An endless series of endless meetings, some for the sole purpose of scheduling more meetings, seems to be his forte - a perfect match for the seriously cognitively-impaired-bureaucrat-social-service type. Ah yes, the sound and the “flurry” of the Governor. . .

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its_just_math 2 years, 5 months ago

Most forum members liked Sebelius' and her crowd's approach; pre-emptive action.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 5 months ago

Fact: Total federal spending on a safety net for the poor costs the average taxpayer about $400 a year, while spending on corporate welfare programs costs the same taxpayer about $1400 a year. (source: CBO figures)

Fact: Individuals and families must demonstrate need to receive benefits, while corporations with billions of dollars in annual income remain on the federal dole.

Fact: Most social spending is in the form of discretionary spending, which is scrutinized in the annual budget negotiating process in Congress; most corporate welfare programs are in the form of tax expenditures, which go on and on since they are not subject to annual review by Congress.

If we were really worried about government spending and keeping people from relying on public assistance, should we not prioritize the problem?

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Getaroom 2 years, 5 months ago

FHNC: you enjoy stirring the soup don't you, as long as you get to offer a stinger and get out.

You never disappoint in delivering another consistent heap of narrow minded drivel.

And lest we are ever tempted to forget: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."

I bet the wanna be statesman, Rev Gov Brownbackward, loves you and blesses you daily from under that no-hair-outa-place preachers perfect hair do.

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Kim Murphree 2 years, 5 months ago

I predict a cut in spending on programs that directly assist the paretns of children in poverty, especially those who are children of single parents. I predict that millions of dollars will be thrown at a campaign to force people to stay married, even if there is spousal abuse or child abuse. This is the Governor's solution, and it is Siedlecki's agenda. No real assistance for chilidren in poverty, only a conservative social agenda that has little basis in finding equity for those children. If someone loses a spouse to illness or accident, they just need to run out and find another spouse--that's the Governor's solution...an agenda cleverly, but not so subtly, hidden within the discussion of how to get children out of poverty.

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Anydaynow 2 years, 5 months ago

Ho Hum - Another daytime thing and I have to work to take care of my children. So guess I won't voice my opinion, except that the rich set these things up and will carry on without us anyway.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 5 months ago

My my, give the Gov a chance. Maybe he has a new interpretation of the 'suffer the little children..........' We shall see.

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kernal 2 years, 5 months ago

FHNC furthering the new definition of a Conservative as one full of malevolence and contempt.

I know this may be hard to accept, FHNC, but liberals aren't the only ones who have children they can't afford. You need to be talking that talk to the leaders of the churches that encourage propagation and/or discourage birth control. You can begin with Mitt Romney and the Vatican.

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mloburgio 2 years, 5 months ago

‘Pro-Life’ Republican Kansas Governor Guts Funding For Dying Infants

Another supposed “pro-life” governor has decided that children outside the womb are less important than those inside the womb. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is gutting the agency responsible for child protective services, child support enforcement, and child, adult and family well-being services, after a failed attempt to slash funding for Head Start.

Reducing the number of children in poverty is supposedly one of Brownback’s goals but cutting essential services that aid vulnerable children is NOT helping them stay above the poverty line. It leaves children in serious risk of dying from hunger or sickness. And the statistics are not in Kansas’ favor. The state dropped to 40th in infant mortality, and has the terrible distinction of being the worst in the country in terms of African-American infant mortality. Governor Brownback is an enemy of children in Kansas. He is killing children with the destructive policies of the religious right, so that he can replace them all with fetuses that will be at risk after birth. It’s a sad reality we are living in, when we allow children that are already born to die in an effort to control what a woman decides about her pregnancy.

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/08/21/pro-life-republican-kansas-governor-guts-funding-for-dying-infants/

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mloburgio 2 years, 5 months ago

The meetings are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., which will decrease the chance of people who work during the day to attend. The koch brothers have their own fleet of buses to take the tea baggers from event to event.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

Why do liberals expect Brownback to take care of their children?

The evolution loving liberals should walk the walk and allow evolution decide the fate of their precious offspring. Lemmings usually leap off cliffs to winnow their numbers...

If liberals were smart, they would quit having children they can't afford expecting Brownback to pay for them.

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JJE007 2 years, 5 months ago

He's going to put those lazy, malingering, street urchins TO WORK!

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observant 2 years, 5 months ago

Assume he's going to lay out the latest Koch plan for creating more of it.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 5 months ago

Pardon me while I wipe the coffee off of my computer screen. Talking the talk doesn't mean squat until you walk the walk, guv'ner.

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