ERIC Number: ED463083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Invest in Kids, Invest in Kansas: Maintaining Our Commitment to Children.
Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
This pamphlet presents the concerns of child advocates related to the use of Kansas' portion of the Master Tobacco Settlement for improving the health and well-being of children and youth as legislated in 1999. This state legislation created the Kansas Endowment for Youth Fund (KEY) to receive the tobacco monies, the Children's Initiative Fund (CIF) to receive funds from the Endowment, and the Kansas Children's Cabinet, charged with advising the Governor and Legislature how to use the CIF. The CIF provides additional monies for programs and projects directly or indirectly beneficial to the physical and mental health, welfare, safety, and well-being of Kansas children. This brochure emphasizes the importance of legislators having a clear sense of the statutory limits on CIF monies and that the funds not be used to replace monies appropriated from the state general fund. The brochure asserts that additional defining features of KEY and CIF funds argue in favor of maintaining the integrity of the CIF: (1) emphasis on prevention from an early age; (2) focus on addressing children's needs at the community level; and (3) strict accountability standards. The Smart Start Kansas program is described as best reflecting these features, and its potential benefits are delineated. The brochure concludes by urging lawmakers to fund the four programs singled out by the Children's Cabinet's testimony with general funds. A table delineates the Children's Cabinet recommendations for allocating CIF monies for fiscal year 2003. (KB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Child Advocacy, Children, Public Policy, Retrenchment, State Legislation, State Programs
Kansas Action for Children, Inc., 3360 SW Harrison, Topeka, KS 66611. Tel: 785-232-0550; Fax: 785-232-0699; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.kac.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas