Archive for Thursday, January 12, 2012

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


— 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.


Sunny Parker 5 years, 11 months ago

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

TopJayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

And you are mindfed by whom? Your handle is preposterous. Uncle Joe? Really?

Frank Smith 5 years, 11 months ago

Brownback has made a different choice:

Arts or SRS, or more tax cuts for his sponsors, David H. and Charles de Ganahl Koch.

shadowlady 5 years, 11 months ago

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

InspectorJo 5 years, 11 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!

JackMcKee 5 years, 11 months ago

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

Matthew Del Vecchio 5 years, 11 months ago

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

Tony Kisner 5 years, 11 months ago

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

jafs 5 years, 11 months ago

Well, we'll see.

There are a number of folks who voted for him that are upset and won't vote for him again.

Lisa Rasor 5 years, 11 months ago

Actually, the communities that stepped up to fund their SRS offices were the ones defying Brownback and his Sidekicky Siedlecki. Those are the communities whose citizens are now the least likely to vote for Brownback. So I can imagine that those are the SRS offices he is recommending funding again, in hopes of future votes from those citizens. He can spin it later that he "saved" those offices. Ha!

cummingshawk 5 years, 11 months ago

Wasn't the original plan to save money by staff cuts in Topeka? The announcement that offices would be closed instead caught most people offguard. So explain again the purpose of the position of deputy secretary of faith based initiative. Or is this just job creation, at it's finest, in action?

TopJayhawk 5 years, 11 months ago

I know you are trying to be funny, but you are a disgrace. Stalin, the only man in modern times to kill more than Hitler.

Danimal 5 years, 11 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!

Don Whiteley 5 years, 11 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.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 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!!!

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 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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