Archive for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Statehouse Live: Brownback says he will look into SRS food stamp policy that has cut assistance to some but plans no change

January 24, 2012, 11:23 a.m. Updated January 24, 2012, 5:36 p.m.


— Gov. Sam Brownback’s office on Tuesday said he doesn’t plan to change a new state policy that has eliminated or reduced food stamp benefits for hundreds of low-income, U.S.-born children whose parents are illegal immigrants.

In response to a question from the Lawrence Journal-World, Brownback said he wanted to speak with field staff with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to determine the impact of the new policy affecting food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

But later in an email from the governor’s office, Brownback’s spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said, “The Governor has requested an update on the SNAP but does not plan to make any additional changes. Any member of the Legislature who wants to offer an amendment to the budget regarding this issue certainly may.”

The cuts are the result of SRS changing the way it counts households and household income when determining who is eligible for SNAP.

Earlier this week, the Kansas City Star reported that families affected by the change are those that contain a mixture of legal citizens and illegal immigrants. While illegal immigrants are not eligible for the food assistance, U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants can be.

The issue is that the SNAP formula now includes the entire income of all members of a household but calculates food stamp eligibility as if the citizen children are the only people in the household. Previously, SRS counted only a portion if one or more members did not provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

Since the change took effect Oct. 1, food pantries, churches and social service agencies have been inundated with questions and requests for food.

Jones-Sontag said, “The policy decision to include all incomes of adult members of a household has nothing to do with cutting aid off of children of individuals who decline to provide proof of legal presence in the United States. It is about properly calculating household income and treating all citizens equally.”


pavlovs_dog 2 years, 2 months ago

That's doing the Brownbackistan shuffle!


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

Brownback's MO is becoming pretty clear-- make extreme cuts and take extreme measures, and then once the backlash begins, backtrack in minor, but strategic ways.


ljreader 2 years, 2 months ago

If I am ever in the need for charity, I know we can sneak into Mexico. As long as we can deposit a half dozen youngsters on their soil we will be OK. We can get free childbirth, food, everything- and I hear they print almost everything in English so I can navigate the system. We'll have to lay low, but once the kiddies are adults, we can become citizens. Then, we can vote and make sure things stay the way we want them.


Linda Endicott 2 years, 2 months ago

You guys are just overflowing with the milk of human you the warm fuzzies...let us hope that others are just as charitable towards you if the time comes when you need it...

(sarcasm intended)


ljreader 2 years, 2 months ago

Not to worry- Once the anchor babes aka us citizens reach adulthood, they can petition for citizenship on behalf of the cheaters who brought them into the world . The parents can then legally resume sucking our limited resources.


sunny 2 years, 2 months ago

Work and pay taxes...feed your own children! People just keep having kid after kid with no regard to how they are going to put food on the table! Where is the responsibility! Keep taking others money and the money will run out!


Khublai_Juan 2 years, 2 months ago

The reason this change came about in the first place is because the previous method was actually discriminatory against American citizens. Under the previous policy you could have a household of four citizens be over income for food stamps, yet have a household of four with one or two of the parents being non-citizens, earning exactly the same amount of money, and they would qualify for food stamps. This change was intended to close that loophole.


Flap Doodle 2 years, 2 months ago

Illegal aliens should be leaving Kansas on their way to being deported. Front door, back door, side door, any door you choose. People who employ illegal aliens should be prosecuted. Life should be both unprofitable and unpleasant for the aliens who have invaded our country and those who are enabling that invasion.


pace 2 years, 2 months ago

Brownback is changing the face of Christianity. It isn't a kind and loving face, looks like a phelps.


ivalueamerica 2 years, 2 months ago

Essentially, Browback is starving American children.

Stupid is as stupid does.


tange 2 years, 2 months ago

Jones-Sontag said, ".... It is about properly calculating household income and treating all citizens equally."

Odd sort of equal treatment which differentially discriminates among equals.


Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

Is this a back door method of forcing illegal immigrants from Kansas?

Is this a back door approach to create more jobs for the people of Kansas?

If illegal immigrants is the issue why not bust the employers?

Their children are not illegal so why cut them off.

I guess what I'm trying to say is the Gov Brownback approach lacks a certain amount of reasoning,compassion and common sense.


oldbaldguy 2 years, 2 months ago

Makes me want to become an atheist and a democrat. What happened to "feed the children"?


Gandalf 2 years, 2 months ago

Here's an idea. Let's tax the people who hire illegal aliens and use that money to support them.


Alceste 2 years, 2 months ago

Brownback knows just what he's doing: He began by bringing in a duffus hatchet man in Rob Siedlecki. Rob Siedlecki knew nothing about the various laws, rules, and regulations associated with public welfare programming such as TANF, SNAP, Energy Assistance, child care, etc., etc., etc. Nope.....Rob Siedlecki brought in some of the most regressive minded people who know the "tweaks" states are permitted by HHS in Washington to implement such that Kansas has become one of the most regressive, pennie wise and pound foolish states in the Nation. It is the laughing stock across the land. I kid you not.

Meanwhile, there has been a "war" of sorts going on in SRS Central Office for decades.....ever since Kansas shifted from a County based welfare system to a state run system. Remnants of that county run mentality exist to this very day. The "war" is between those who want to implement rules and regulations which are pro-active and, shall we say, lenient with respect to public welfare administration matters and those who prefer to chase "welfare cheats" (of which there really aren't that many....unless you count the vendors....) and $12.00 foodstamp overpayments rather than focus on processing applications in a swift and timely fashion. Well, them people done been waiting a good long time for their turn to give a good beat down to the impoverished and now they're running the show. That's what Brownback wants and that's what he's getting.

While Rob Siedlecki may not be in SRS anymore, his stupidity dominates the thought processes of the "leaders" within SRS and you can bet your last pair of under garments that "they're" going to be implementing even more regressive policies which inhibit and dissuade the citizenry from accessing their right to programs under U.S. law. All that being said, you can also count on them hillbilly farmers to receive their welfare payments in the form of price supports and such right on time. Brownback's family has receiving welfare down to an art. See for yourself: I love this country. It works! Amen.


rockchalk1977 2 years, 2 months ago

Because of the failed economic policies of the Obama administration, these changes have become necessary in so many suffering states. Anyone seeking "the best" taxpayer handouts should consider a move to California or Obama's home state of Illinois. Wait, they are both bankrupt. I guess it's time to find a job. Wait, there are no jobs.

The solution, vote Republican in November and send a message to Food Stamp President Obama and the socialist left. The government (taxpayers) should not provide cradle-to-grave care for anyone.


JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

Does Brownback have any idea what he's doing?


Paul R Getto 2 years, 2 months ago

"How many work under the table, but never pay taxes?" === Good point, but who do you think pays them 'under the table?' The answer: People who want cheap labor and don't want to pay taxes themselves, AKA employers, often the same people griping about 'them immigrants.' There are no easy solutions to this; anyone who suggests otherwise is blowing smoke..."Maybe if we cut off jobs and all the other perks, they'll go home." === This is also true, and hundreds of thousands have done just that in the past few years.


ljreader 2 years, 2 months ago

The way I understand it, the US born children of the illegal aliens will not be excluded from receiving benefits. Their parents, if here illegally will simply not be figured into the formula for benefit amounts. Sounds fair. As far as I'm concerned, not only should illegals be exempt from receiving tax funded handouts, they should be deported for doing so. They have no permission to be here, and can't be contributing while also tapping our social services. Perhaps they should plan their family size based upon what they can afford, not upon what they perceive the rich gringos can afford. We have enough debt without supporting foreign nationals. Many DO pay taxes, and DO get them back. They can legally report their earnings and file using an ITIN. It's simply not true that they are all paying taxes (by way of identity theft) for which they will never benefit. How many work under the table, but never pay taxes? Still, they use our schools (with the help of tuition waivers), roads, libraries, etc, without contributing a dime. Maybe if we cut off jobs and all the other perks, they'll go home.


observant 2 years, 2 months ago

He probably will be out to cut the payments even more, the Koch's need another tax break.


Bob_Keeshan 2 years, 2 months ago

"My top priority is eliminating child poverty in Kansas" -- Sam Brownback


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