Jan. 10, 2018

Kansas Action for Children president: Budget just a starting point to help state’s kids

TOPEKA, KS — Following the release of Governor Sam Brownback’s budget for fiscal year 2019, Kansas Action for Children President and CEO Annie McKay released the following statement:

“I’m pleased to see Governor Brownback follow the lead of the 2017 Legislature and reverse course in his final year to make full use of the Children’s Initiatives Fund — as recommended by the Children’s Cabinet last fall. In contrast to earlier budget proposals that sold out Kansas kids, this plan restores some of the cuts made to CIF programs earlier in his administration.

“I hope legislative leaders and other lawmakers work with advocates and experts to ensure we make the best use of additional resources proposed for new initiatives and directed to school finance, and consider whether new programs will address the mountain of challenges facing Kansas kids.

“We know what works when it comes to high-quality investments in children. Unfortunately, in recent years, the governor has not prioritized those needs.

“Last night, the governor highlighted decreases in childhood poverty and infant mortality — but those gains are not being realized by every Kansas child. The mortality rate of black babies has increased, and children of color are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system. We can do better, and we must do so now.

“This year, we look forward to building on the momentum created by lawmakers in 2017, use the CIF for targeted, strategic investments that address achievement gaps, prevent kids from entering the child welfare system, and support the emotional health of our children.”

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