Children's Cabinet

Meg Wingerter / Kansas News Service

Dana Stanton drove hours from Hays to a Friday meeting in Topeka hoping to learn what the governor’s budget proposal would mean for the children’s programs she oversees.

After the Kansas Children’s Cabinet meeting adjourned, she didn’t know much more than she did before.

Members of the Kansas Children's Cabinet criticized the leader of their group for excluding them from recent funding recommendations for early childhood programs.

The recommendations come in a document that says they are "from the Kansas Children's Cabinet." But group members said they didn't vote on them.

Amanda Adkins, the group's chairwoman, said Friday she needed to move quickly in order to get the recommendations to lawmakers during the budget process.

Cabinet members didn't express opposition to the recommendations themselves, and in some cases praised them.