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What Did Brownback Children’s Cabinet Chair Amanda Adkins Know About State’s Failing Foster Care System?

Bombshell new report finds Brownback’s Department for Children and Families secretly withheld millions in payments to foster care providers, resulting in disastrous mistreatment

Former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s reckless tax experiment is taking heat yet against, this time thanks to a newly published investigation from the Topeka Capital Journal showing Brownback’s Department for Children and Families “secretly withheld millions in payments to private operators of the state foster care system, propelling them toward financial ruin and directly contributing to the suffering of kids in state custody.”

The care provided by the state’s foster system under Brownback became so problematic that a local nonprofit advocacy organization filed a class action lawsuit demanding better care. The group’s director of advocacy “blamed the Brownback administration’s commitment to 2012 tax cuts that led to endless budget shortfalls and cash flow problems throughout state government,” telling the Capital Journal that the administration “did this in order to maintain an ideological project — the tax cuts.”

The report raises major questions about longtime Brownback advisor and current 3rd Congressional District candidate Amanda Adkins’ role in carrying out his agenda – especially given her influential position on children’s issues. Prior to serving as Brownback’s Kansas Children’s Cabinet Chair, Adkins was head of the state Republican Party where she championed the former governor’s controversial tax experiment.

“As a longtime advisor to Governor Brownback, Amanda Adkins played a critical role in executing his disastrous tax experiment. While we are just beginning to understand the full scope of the havoc their experiment wreaked across Kansas, Adkins already has a lot of explaining to do to the hardworking families who her policies hurt,” said DCCC Spokesperson Brooke Goren.


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