Sam Brownback

Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kansas water plan team gets an earful in Hays

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The water plan for the state of Kansas was recently unveiled.  The goal is to ensure a reliable water supply for the future according to a recent article from the Washington Times.

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If you cut taxes, you get less revenue
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas tax cut creates problems

Gov. Sam Brownback
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Kansas has a budget problem.  It’s collecting less tax money than it planned.  This spring, the state intended to take in $651 million from personal income tax, but only received $369 million. The decrease was due to a large and rather unusual income tax cut passed by lawmakers in 2012 according to The New York Times.

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Ruling has limited impact
8:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kansas law professor says Hobby Lobby ruling isn’t about constitutionality

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Kansas was one of 18 states that sided with Hobby Lobby in the court battle over opting out of the inclusion of contraceptives in their insurance coverage.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby saying certain employers can opt out of including contraceptives in their insurance because of religious beliefs.  The reaction in Kansas followed predictable ideological lines reported Bryan Thompson for Kansas Public Radio.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Western Kansas voters say no to water conservation program

A center-pivot irrigation system in Trego County.
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Water rights holders in Western Kansas counties recently rejected a plan to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer.  Groundwater Management District No. 1 board members asked its voting membership to approve a measure to that would cut irrigation use by 20 percent reported Amy Bickel for Kansas Agland.

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Budget
8:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Kansas borrows millions to pay bills, again

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The state of Kansas is loaning itself $675 million to be able to pay its bills.  That’s nothing new.  That’s how it’s been done for the last 16 years according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Duane Goosen says current budget won't work
8:00 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Former budget director predicts Kansas will soon be in the red

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Duane Goossen is a former state budget director, and he says the state won’t have enough revenue to implement the budget legislators recently passed according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Kansas Drought
8:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Over half of Kansas counties placed on Drought Declaration

The Arkansas River has been dry for years south of Garden City, Kansas.
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More than half of Kansas counties were placed on the updated Drought Declaration by Gov. Sam Brownback this week.  105 counties are either in an emergency, warning or watch status according to the Hays Daily News.

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Historic court decision
8:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Brownback observes Brown v. Board of Education anniversary

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site is the former Monroe Elementary School. It was established in Topeka, Kansas, on October 26, 1992, by the United States Congress to commemorate the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision aimed at ending racial segregation in public schools.
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Today is the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision ordering an end to segregation in public schools.  Governor Sam Brownback remembered Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruling by speaking at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka yesterday reported Kansas Public Radio

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Bill keeps fed conservation efforts out of KS
8:00 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Brownback says no to conservation of lesser prairie chicken

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Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill this week that tells the U.S. government it has no authority to regulate prairie chickens within the state of Kansas.  The bill also threatens lawsuits against federal conservation efforts in an escalating dispute over reversing the population decline of the lesser prairie chicken according to a recent article from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

KanCare costs contractors millions

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The three main KanCare contractors all lost money in their first year of managing health care for 380,000 Kansas Medicaid enrollees according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

The trio received cash infusions from their parent companies allowing them to meet their obligations and stay solvent.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Kansas: Brownback signs school finance bill with controversial add-ons

House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, left, and Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, right watch Gov. Sam Brownback sign the school finance bill into law Monday afternoon.
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed the school finance bill this week; complete with controversial add-ons reported the Topeka Capital-Journal

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Brownback signs Kansas Supreme Court changes into law

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently signed 19 bills into law.  Topping the list was and a bill stripping the Kansas Supreme Court of its appointment power as well as changing the system’s management according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Conservation of the lesser prairie chicken
8:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened

Lesser Prairie Chicken
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Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced that Kansas is joining a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Gov. Brownback’s proposed budget restores Fort Hays State University funding

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Last year the Kansas Legislature took money from universities, but Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed budget restores the ‘salary cap’ reductions that cost Fort Hays State University $276,176 according to a press release from FHSU University Relations.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Kansas Chief Justice Responds to Criticism and Funding in State of the Judiciary Address

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss.
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Kansas Chief Justice Lawton Nuss seemed to respond to Gov. Sam Brownback’s remarks pointed at the Supreme Court in his State of the Judiciary address reported Bryan Lowry for the Wichita Eagle.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Brownback Tries to Back Off Supreme Court Justices in State of the State Speech

Gov. Brownback giving the State of the State speech.
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Governor Sam Brownback said the number one item in the state budget is education in his recent State of the State speech according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.  

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Kansas Economic Conference: Brownback's State Income Tax Cuts Put Pressure on Local Communities

Gov. Sam Brownback, seated right, attended a recent business conference in Overland Park to describe the benefits of the tax cuts he signed into law in May. At the podium is Gary Allerheiligen, former president of the Kansas Society of CPAs. The law, which becomes effective for tax year 2013, is expected to eliminate income tax liability for about 190,000 business owners and reduce the state income tax obligations of more than 1 million Kansas filers.
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The Kansas Economic Policy Conference was recently held in Lawrence.  Conference officials said they had record turnout with about 140 people, including about a dozen legislators, attending in Lawrence and 15 participating from Ulysses via a live video feed reported the Kansas Health Institute.

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State Government
8:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Kansas Legislature: Special Session Finished in Two Days

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Kansas legislators wrapped up the special session in two days. 

Here are the highlights:

  • Approval of a bill repairing a law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.
  • Approval of multiple appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback, including the appointment of chief counsel Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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2:18 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Mixed reviews on no income tax in Texas

Lead in text: 
A growing group of Republicans across the country are working to repeal their states’ income tax, using Texas’ economic success to make their case (e.g., Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas proclaiming “Look out, Texas. Here comes Kansas.”). In Texas, however, the state’s tax system is not universally beloved as explained in this background article by Aman Batheja of the Texas Tribune that appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News.
When Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana wanted to sell his plan to replace his state's income tax with a higher sales tax, he pointed to Texas as the problem and the solution.Too many Louisiana residents are moving to Texas, because that is where the jobs are, he said.
3:11 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

The Joys of No Income Tax, the Agonies of Other Kinds

Lead in text: 
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said, “Look out, Texas. Here comes Kansas,” when he revealed his plan to phase out state income tax, but the Texas experience shows that if you rob Peter, you might have to pay Paul.
When Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana wanted to sell his plan to replace his state's income tax with a higher sales tax, he pointed to Texas as both the problem and the solution. Too many Louisiana residents are moving to Texas, because that is where the jobs are, he said.