To the editor:
I see from the March 13 Journal-World that the Brownback administration is concerned about possible fraud in the Earned Income Tax Credit program, and Budget Director Steve Anderson states “...we have no way of making sure, for example, that a single mother is spending that on needs for her children.”
The article talks about a young woman who has worked several jobs to support her two young boys. She received $735 last year from the program. She states the program was crucial to her ability to stay afloat until she was able to get back on her feet and be self-sufficient.
Seven hundred and thirty-five dollars — not a lot of money especially when you learn that the Brownback administration has hired a statute repealer for an annual salary of $114,000 who goes on a tour of the entire state to ask people what state laws they would like to have repealed. That information could have been much more efficiently gathered online by an existing state employee.
I’d rather my money be invested in the two young boys and I’m willing to take the risk that the mother won’t spend it on them. But I would really like to have my share of the $114,000, plus travel expenses, paid to the statute repealer back!