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Brownback administration pushes website to report waste in state government

October 19, 2012

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— Two days after Gov. Sam Brownback urged Kansans to report anonymously about waste in public schools, the administration on Friday launched a new website to report waste, fraud, and abuse throughout state government.

Secretary of Administration Dennis Taylor said he hoped the website will make "it easier for Kansans to report what they witness or experience when they interact with state government."

People can input their information anonymously or provide contact information if they would like to contacted.

On Wednesday, Brownback announced the establishment of a website where people can anonymously report their experiences with inefficient spending in the public school system to the Governor's School Efficiency Task Force. That brought a sharp response from some Democrats who said Brownback was trying to "demonize" schools instead of helping them deal with cuts in funding over the past several years.

The website seeking input on waste in all of state government was launched by the Officer of the Repealer, which Brownback established to identify laws, regulations and executive orders that are out of date, unreasonable and burdensome.

The office reviewed 650 suggestions submitted by Kansans, 37 of which have been repealed. The office, however, made headlines for not recommending repeal of the state law that criminalizes gay sex even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled such laws unconstitutional.

The new website for Kansans to submit suggestions on state government is http://repealer.ks.gov/ReportForm.aspx.

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

Waste = $47 Million to AMC for relocation to Kansas side of the border then became owned and moved to the Chinese border.

These heists are rationalized in the name of "job creation," but that's a hoax, too. They're really just bribes the states pay to get corporations to move existing jobs from one state to another, or they're hostage payments to corporations that demand the public's money – or else they'll move their jobs out of state.

Last year, Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff! Among the 2,700 corporations cashing in on such absurd diversions of state taxes from public need to private greed are Goldman Sachs, GE, Motorola, and Procter & Gamble.

For more information – and for ways you can help stop this despicable giveaway – get the full report, entitled "Paying Taxes to the Boss." It's available at www.GoodJobsFirst.org.

Richard Heckler 2 years, 2 months ago

Reduce wasteful spending = Fire Sam Brownback and his cabinet!

Patricia Davis 2 years, 2 months ago

Please fire our Secretary of State since he is seldom in this state.

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

You don't actually have to select a state agency in order to make a complaint.

Armstrong 2 years, 2 months ago

Slow news day or is Rothy trying to see which article on the same subject gets the most posts

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

So, are you saying that Brownback wants to keep this a secret?

cowboy 2 years, 2 months ago

Lets see , I gave away a bunch of revenue from LLC's , sole proprietorships , refused a bunch of fed money for various programs , cut a bunch of DOT ,SRS , man my state wallet isn't looking too good. If I just screw the schools , disabled , low income folk , and set up a bunch of snitch websites maybe it won't look quite so bad next year when the state goes Effing Bankrupt .

headdoctor 2 years, 2 months ago

My how the Republicans have changed. I have always been taught that this area of big brother enforcement was the work of Liberals, Communists, etc.

The three biggest wastes in Kansas are Brownback ,Kobach and the erosion of the Kansas tax base.

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd think he'd shy away from comparisons to authoritarian regimes and the reliance on snitches and informants, but apparently not.

parrothead8 2 years, 2 months ago

If a Dem was in office, Brownback would compare this move to Orwell's 1984.

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

If a democrat were in office with a demonstrated history of leaping without looking and ramming though unwise agendas, I'd be equally concerned about them setting up an anonymous snitch website.

bmoody51 2 years, 2 months ago

I am not suggesting there are not $$s to be saved by eliminating duplication of services and waste in any governmental entity; but those $$s pale in relation to the amount of funds GIVEN to individuals abusing our welfare system. Most of us know at least 2 or 3 persons who are receiving food stamps, medical services, disability, unemployment or vocational rehab, even though they are perfectly capable of sustaining themselves and their families. But, we have raised a certain segment of our community who believe they are "ENTITLED" to these funds, and this entitlement mentality is being perpetuated through the education of their youngsters. Let's set up a process to find and eliminate these frauds and perhaps, our unemployment rate may also drop after they realize the state is not going to give them a living.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 2 months ago

"Most of us know at least 2 or 3 persons who are receiving food stamps, medical services, disability, unemployment or vocational rehab, even though they are perfectly capable of sustaining themselves and their families. "

Why do you need to speak for "most of us?" Just because you (claim to) know that many doesn't mean others do.

bmoody51 2 years, 2 months ago

Apparently, you are not "most of us", as depicted by your postings.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 2 months ago

I think that most everyone who can be honest with themselves knows that Kansas Taliban leaders Brownback and Kobach really hate and despise free access to free elections and public education. Their actions speak far louder than mere words from their fawning supporters.

But since the Kansas Taliban leaders cannot eliminate students as their companions in Packistan are able to do, they must agitate to remove the funding and spend it on plane trickets for Kris Koabach to continue his jihad against voting rights throughout the country.

Ray March 2 years, 2 months ago

I'd like to report Brownback & Kobach's salaries as the biggest waste in government currently.

JackMcKee 2 years, 2 months ago

He can't be serious. I mean the jokes are actually writing themselves.

I'd like to report Sam Brownback for paying Art Laffer $75k.

That's just a small start. Sam has wasted all kinds of money.

chootspa 2 years, 2 months ago

Do it. It was a colossal waste of money.

Danielle Brunin 2 years, 2 months ago

Everybody go to the website and report the website as waste!

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