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Brownback says he will consider alternatives to closing SRS offices

By Scott Rothschild · July 8, 2011 · Comment on this

Gov. Sam Brownback says he will consider alternatives to closing Social and Rehabilitation Services offices as long as the department is still able to meet its budget. The department announced Friday, July 1, 2011, that it would close nine offices, including the Lawrence office, which has 87 employees.

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Clark Coan 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe our emails to the governor's office did some good after all.

John Sickels 3 years, 5 months ago

Keep the pressure up, folks.

So far I've contacted Tom Sloan, Marci Francisco, and Barbara Ballard. I haven't heard from Ballard, but both Sloan and Francisco told me that they oppose the closing of the SRS office and are working to convince the administration to change its mind. I doubt they will listen to Marci, but Sloan (who wrote me a very detailed and helpful reply to my message) might have a bit more clout since he's a Republican.

I also called Brownback's office and raised hell, emphasizing that while I am a Democrat, I HAVE voted for Republicans before, but there's no chance I would ever do so again if those goes through. I pointed out all the detrimental effects this would have on many innocent people, and pointed out that people in Lawrence (even Republicans I know) believe this move was politically motivated to punish the city.

The young man I spoke with told me they are hearing a lot about this topic, almost all of it negative, and that people are very angry.

Keep making phone calls and writing letters, folks. There is a chance this can be reversed.

Alceste 3 years, 5 months ago

Sloan is the biggest political HACK of those listed, with Ballard right behind him.....

Sloan signed up for the mackdaddy payout he's going to get when he "retires" from the legislature. Well, if nothing else Sloan is certainly taking care of business for himself in this thing called the "Kansas Legislature" in that he has embraced the retirement plan to the max. Here's the formula:

Legislators have given themselves one heck of a sweetheart deal in how their own KPERS benefits are calculated. 372 days in a year! Leave it to a political hack like Tom Sloan to figure that one out!

For the legislator listing all income - the daily rate, subsistence and allowance - this is how annualization is calculated:

•$88.66 (daily rate) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $32,981.52

•$123 (subsistence) x 31 (days) x 12 (months) = $45,756

•$7,083 non-session allowance.

Altogether, that equals $85,820.52, and that's the pay figure that would be used for that legislator retiring now.

The Senate president and House speaker are at the top of the pay scale, and annualized pay for those posts could be as high as $99,859.74, depending on their enrollment choices.

Greed? 372 day year? Right....uh huh......good one..... One has to wonder if Tom Sloan has a 372 calendar for his business, as well?

When Tom Sloan was first elected he had a choice to make with respect to how he wanted his legislature work figured for retirement purposes. He could have chosen the method that counts only the actual days worked and the actual money received.....not this funny bunny "I work 372 days per year. Build my KPERS benefit around that option please". I wonder if Tom Sloan runs his business with in such a shoddy fashion? I'll bet not.....and I'll also BET he's been counting on that KPERS PAYOUT the entire time he's been "serving" (now there's a total misuse of the word....)......shrug

verity 3 years, 5 months ago

I didn't watch the video as I don't want to waste my limited download on him, but from the still, Brownback seems to be looking a little peaked. I'm betting he thought all this would just sail right through with either support or people not noticing. I doubt he had any idea of the anger and kick back. Keep up the pressure!

copyright 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes. Keep the pressure on indeed: 785-296-3232 (SB's Topeka office).

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