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Governor recommends 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.

January 12, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday recommended funding for five state welfare offices, including the one in Lawrence, that last year were targeted by the governor for closure.

Brownback had earlier said he would include that funding proposal and followed through with a budget request of $815,182 that now goes to the Legislature for consideration.

“We are glad he did what he said he was going to,” said Douglas County Commissioner Mike Gaughan. “Now it is up to the Legislature.”

Last year, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services proposed closing nine SRS offices as a cost-cutting move. The Lawrence office was by far the largest one on the closure list.

The proposal caused a public uproar as officials said it would leave vulnerable residents without access to services.

After weeks of negotiations, city and Douglas County leaders agreed to spend $450,000 over two years to the pay rent on the SRS facility in Lawrence. SRS officials agreed to try to restore state funding of the office. Four other cities hammered out similar deals.

But some legislators said it wasn’t fair to force some cities to provide local funds for an SRS office while the state footed the bill in other cities.

Under Brownback’s proposal, the state funding would be for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug said that under the agreement, no local funds have been spent yet on the local SRS office. The first payment is due in February, he said.

He said local officials are hoping the state provides all the funding so no local funds will have to be expended.

Under Brownback’s budget plan, he also proposes transferring many of the functions of SRS to a new Department of Aging and Disability Services and renaming SRS as the Department for Children and Families.

It was unclear how this would affect the Lawrence SRS office. In July there were 87 filled positions at the Lawrence SRS office, and in December that had decreased to 72, according to SRS spokeswoman Angela De Rocha. She said most of the decrease was attributed to the state’s early voluntary retirement program.

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 3 months ago

It's not what the 1% have or don't have. It is the preferential treatment that sucks.

The 1% cannot pay the bills, fill the military needs nor provide the health care this country demands.

If any group should receive preferential treatment it is the 99 % that do pay the bills, fill the military needs and spend tons and tons of money that which keeps the USA in what jobs are left. The 99% are the primary stakeholders of the USA!

When it comes to funding Social Service needs in this country it is the 99% that does so. Why does the 1% bitch about the 99% using what they pay for?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 3 months ago

Don't believe anything Sam Brownback says about funding SRS!

He will come back later and say oops funding cannot be afforded.

He is saying a lot of things to manipulate public opinion his way and a few legislative votes.

Sam Brownback is a master of deception!!!

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distant_voice 2 years, 3 months ago

Why not recommend funding for an SRS office on every block? Wouldn't want to make someone drive more than two blocks to get to one.

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Danimal 2 years, 3 months ago

When did Sam Brownback become a big government liberal? Seriously, not only is he not raping and pillaging social services in Kansas, now he's proposing new agencies and expanded government!

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stalin_was_a_hero 2 years, 3 months ago

This will do nothing to slow the glorious dawn of impending socialism.

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RedOctober 2 years, 3 months ago

He must have decided to commit another act of economic terrorism when we least expect it

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none2 2 years, 3 months ago

I think this whole change of events is disgusting. There were nine offices that were originally slated to close:

Coffeyville, Fort Scott, Garnett, Lawrence, Lyndon, Marysville, McPherson, Pratt, Wellington

I would be willing to wager that the five being "re-funded" in the new budget were the ones where the local governments caved in and paid up into Brownback's piggy bank. What that says is if you play Brownback's game you are rewarded. To me that is disgusting. They should have re-evaluated all nine of the offices, and cut admin staff in Topeka before considering closing the offices out in the field. This change is not a victory, it is a back handed slap to those who didn't fall into line.

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Tony Kisner 2 years, 3 months ago

Sorry Sam still won't carry Douglas County next time. But you won't need it either.

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Matthew Del Vecchio 2 years, 3 months ago

I am very proud of Lawrence leadership for bridging the funding gap.

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JackMcKee 2 years, 3 months ago

I think Sam has realized he's not going to just steamroll over Kansas.

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InspectorJo 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Sam!!!!! SRS is a much needed service for some. But not for the ones that use and abuse it. There will always be those that abuse it, but thank you for providing for the ones that truly Need IT!

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shadowlady 2 years, 3 months ago

So where is the Department of Aging and Disability going to be??

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ibroke 2 years, 3 months ago

brownback has turned liberal oh no!!!!!

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Phoenixman 2 years, 3 months ago

Like training a dog, pull the chain, dog chokes, associates bad behavior with pain. Bad behavior is modified.

Lawrence liberal has SRS feed trough closed, they bark, when they're worn out, they get SRS back, they learn to modify their behavior.

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sunny 2 years, 3 months ago

Art or SRS. Take you pick Lawrence liberals! You can't have it all!

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