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Brownback says Kansas economy is top priority

January 29, 2010, 3:42 p.m. Updated January 29, 2010, 3:58 p.m.

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— U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is running for governor, said Friday that growing the state’s economy is his top priority.

“Job one is jobs,” Brownback said to more than 100 people gathered at the Topeka Country Club for a Kansas Chamber forum.

Brownback said low taxes and an open regulatory structure are necessary. “We’ve got to look more like Texas and a lot less like California,” he said.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on the right speaks to a constituent Friday after a speech at a Kansas Chamber event in Topeka. Brownback is running for governor. He said low taxes and an open regulatory structure is needed to help Kansas grow economically.

U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., on the right speaks to a constituent Friday after a speech at a Kansas Chamber event in Topeka. Brownback is running for governor. He said low taxes and an open regulatory structure is needed to help Kansas grow economically.

When asked if that meant allowing private prisons and more toll roads, as Texas has done, Brownback said, “We have to look at innovative solutions that fit and work.”

Brownback steered clear of the current legislative debate over taxes and cuts during the 2010 session. “We will come out with a detailed roadmap after the legislative session,” he said. He added, “We are not going to be able to tax or cut our way out. We have to grow our way out.”

Last year, state legislators and Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, cut nearly $1 billion from a $6.4 billion budget. Still, legislators face a $400 million revenue shortfall. Parkinson has proposed tax increases, but Republican legislative leaders have balked.

Earlier at the Chamber forum, Republican legislative leaders spoke at length about the need for consolidation of local government units and school districts to save money. But when asked about consolidation, Brownback said, “I’m not for forcing it.”

Brownback is the only major candidate in the gubernatorial race. Parkinson has said he will not run. Two earlier possible Democratic candidates either declined or dropped out. State Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, has said he is considering the race.

As far as what is happening in Congress, Brownback said the so-called “cap-and-trade” energy bill is dead in the Senate, but that the Obama administration will seek to regulate carbon dioxide emissions through the Environmental Protection Agency.

He said the Democratic health care reform bill is on the ropes and that polls show the public has turned against it. He also said the election in Massachusetts of Republican Scott Brown as senator was like “a neutron bomb went off in Washington.”

He said the primary goal of the Kansas delegation this year is to get funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan and the awarding of a contract for an air refueling tanker contract for Boeing.

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Number_1_Grandma 4 years, 2 months ago

63BC (Anonymous) says… Lotta haters on this board.

Just seems like a guy trying to do the right thing.

Y'all should switch to decaf.


Doing the "right thing"......what is the right thing? What is the wrong thing?....please explain so I don't get Sam wrong.

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63BC 4 years, 2 months ago

Lotta haters on this board.

Just seems like a guy trying to do the right thing.

Y'all should switch to decaf.

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autie 4 years, 2 months ago

Kudos to all of the above. Bravo. Mr. Sam Brokeback said nothing to nobody at the Topeka Country Club because...will..I'm not sure what happened there. Maybe the Koch pipeline got stopped up or something. If you like the word NO or are anti progress and anti people and anti everything...Sam is your guy.

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Number_1_Grandma 4 years, 2 months ago

"Brownback says Kansas economy is top priority"

After his pro-Republican, anti-abortion agenda, of course!

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cowboy 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey , Go easy on Sam , he's losing his house with the family in Washington , the cult one , and now just needs to find a new crib , the governors mansion. Go easy on Sam , I heard he was going to have to get major surgery to have his head removed form Koch's well you know. Seems appropriate for the meeting to be held at a country Club. Sam will probably try to get the club a farm subsidy like his family receives. The facts are that Sam really wanted to apply for some other state jobs but didn't have any real qualifications so he picked the only job with the state where you don't have to fill out those messy online applications. And note he has no real solutions or plan that he would care to share with us.

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tomatogrower 4 years, 2 months ago

And even stranger, states with large tax rates seem to have no problem attracting businesses. Wonder why?

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tomatogrower 4 years, 2 months ago

oneeye_wilbur (Anonymous) says… Jobs mr. brownback speaks of. Well, why would any business want to locate in Kansas when the legislature keeps talking of raising taxes and has budget problems.

Ever since Governor Graves our legislature has given businesses more and more tax breaks. If you ever read what was going on in the legislature, then you would know that they are planning on giving them even more tax cuts this year. So since 1995, Kansas has been lowering taxes on businesses, yet where is this influx of business? Where's the stampede? No one has ever given me the answer as to why cutting all these taxes hasn't produced the jobs. Kansas has a very low corporate tax rate. Where are the jobs?

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Ralph Reed 4 years, 2 months ago

Once again the award-winning LJW supports our Senator who is not a Senator in his quest for his leadership tab.

Again, this is simply checking off a requirement so he can run for President.

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weeslicket 4 years, 2 months ago

not even remotely pleased with the candidacy of mr. brownback. myname states the case quite elegantly.

are we now the joads of fiction fortold?

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beobachter 4 years, 2 months ago

The idiot has a record of protecting his own job by appealing to religious nutcases, of which Kansas has far too many.

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scott3460 4 years, 2 months ago

If job creation is, in fact, job one, does Mr. Brownback have a track record of success?

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oneeye_wilbur 4 years, 2 months ago

Jobs mr. brownback speaks of. Well, why would any business want to locate in Kansas when the legislature keeps talking of raising taxes and has budget problems. A sound business person does not want to join in an unstable climate of budget problems within a state, like wise the same for Lawrence. How many times have we heard that Lawrence needs jobs. Lawrence has run off jobs, and soon the city leaders may find out that some local employers are fleeing. One hopes not, but it's not looking good from the grapevine.

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Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 2 months ago

“We will come out with a detailed roadmap after the legislative session,” he said. He added, “We are not going to be able to tax or cut our way out. We have to grow our way out.”

Translation - after the legislative session is over and the decision has been made to tax and cut our way out, then I'll propose a bunch of new spending that will only be possible because somebody else did all the work.

If I were a legislator, I would look at Sen. Brownback's comments and be offended. Then I would consider doing as little as possible to make sure Mr. Brownback has to show he can be part of the solution and not just a glad handing politician.

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MyName 4 years, 2 months ago

So he's the only major candidate for Governor, and he's got no plan for fixing the budget hole. Why do we even bother with elections if no one is willing to actually try and solve these problems?

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Steve Bunch 4 years, 2 months ago

"Open regulatory structure...."

That's politicianese for no regulation--screw the environment, public health, living wages, etc.

Moron, dangerous moron.

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