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Conservative Kansas Republicans want more cuts to schools, social services, prisons

April 29, 2011

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— Conservative Republicans on Friday sought more cuts to schools, social services and prisons.

The proposal — crafted by House Appropriations Committee members Anthony Brown of Eudora, Owen Donohoe of Shawnee and Kasha Kelley of Arkansas City — would slice another $138 million from a previous budget approved by the House.

Donohoe said the measure reflected frustration felt by some legislators who have been encouraged by Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, to propose deeper cuts but then have been unable to see them through.

“All I’ve heard from the governor and everybody is bring us cuts and we’ll consider them,” Donohoe said.

Donohoe also said the proposal would produce a state budget ending balance of $200 million, which is much larger than previous budget proposals.

Brownback has said he wants a healthy ending balance to cover potential revenue shortfalls later in the year. He noted that former Gov. Mark Parkinson made budget cuts because of revenue decreases.

“That’s not the Kansas way, to over-appropriate,” Brownback said. “It would be wise to have bigger ending balances.”

But several Republicans and Democrats on the Appropriations Committee said the proposed cuts were too deep and were being proposed too late in the budget process.

“Anything we have done in this committee is pretty much going out the window with this amendment,” said Appropriations Chair Marc Rhoades, R-Newton.

Rep. Sharon Schwartz, R-Washington, said that filing the amendment so late in the session meant that the budget subcommittees couldn’t review the impacts of the cuts.

The Brown-Donohoe-Kelley amendment would reduce base state aid to schools to $3,602 per pupil. Schools currently receive $4,012 in base state aid per pupil, and the current House budget position is $3,762 per pupil.

Committee members said the amendment would also short the prison system by $44 million and would decrease funding for disability services.

Rhoades said the committee would vote on the measure Monday.

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RedOctober 2 years, 11 months ago

Support "The War on Drugs" then inform everyone you wish to cut funding for prisons AND schools. Freaking AWESOME logic

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Kontum1972 2 years, 11 months ago

well u better believe their kids got great educations....the rest of us can suck on it...Kansas is Dumming Down.....we worried about Osama.....we got our own radicals.....and they dont wear towels on their heads.....and they hide behind the Mantra of being Christians...

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 11 months ago

I was raised to believe that Americans were a special people because of their love of liberty, their ideals, their strength and their courage. Perhaps also, their desire to help other peoples enjoy the blessings of liberty.

Politics today does not do a very good job of representing the true values of the American people. I doubt any political success based on a selfish ideology will succeed.

The political parties need new leadership.

This cut spending and cut taxes political strategy is the same old failed and selfish plan. If this is the best they can come up with they should just go home.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 11 months ago

What is the Republican plan to increase revenue?

Are we going to rely, as Dolph Simons once said, the" good intentions" of corporations?

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Kontum1972 2 years, 11 months ago

why don't we just close all the prisons and schools...and just be done with it....do u think all would be satisfied with the results...?

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Liberal 2 years, 11 months ago

After reading all of these posts I see no one suggesting alternatives to the cuts, other than just tax people more. Someone suggested that the highest rate ought to be 70%. With user fees, property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes, Gas Taxes, vice taxes, etc...you have got to be kidding me.

Tell me this how do private schools and home schoolers spend far less money and turn our consistently higher performing students?

You do not like the cuts, I can get that...but quit your bit chin and propose something.

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Scott Bonnet 2 years, 11 months ago

Liberty, don't let the facts get in your way either. The top 20% earn 84% of all American income. The bottom 50% split 1% of total U.S. income. Get real. Unless you are in the top 20% you are screwed like the rest of us. If you are, shame on your greed.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 11 months ago

Horace Mann : "Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more must you have of the former."

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deec 2 years, 11 months ago

Many charities and churches use federal funds for their programs.

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autie 2 years, 11 months ago

That's right..deec, let's just put those people to work and let them earn their own way. I wonder what sunny has in mind for a solution.

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sunny 2 years, 11 months ago

How about you take care of yourself and stop stealing from working Americans!

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Prisoners should teach our children and care for those who need care.

There, took care of that problem.

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Patriot2 2 years, 11 months ago

Lets go to the luxury tax for "everyone." That way when you by a big screen TV, you pay a little extra tax. When you buy a new big fancy car, you pay a little extra tax.

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mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

What's next? will the republicans think sharing in kindergarten is "Socialist" Too late they already do! Pawlenty's Education Committee: Kindergarten Sharing Is "Socialist"

http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/tim-pawlenty-education-sharing-socialism

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

"Brownback has said he wants a healthy ending balance to cover potential revenue shortfalls later in the year."

Liar liar pants on fire!!!

The republican economic growth plan is still missing.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

These are the kind of thinkers that want to turn all of OUR tax dollars over to corporate private industry. Big time socialism.

When is the last time corporate private industry saved the government any money? More and more tax dollars is all that corporate private industry ever wants. Always getting into our pockets. More socialism

We have this mentality right here is Lawrence,Kansas. Yes we have. Ever heard of the local real estate industry and builder/developer industry. Always getting into our pockets. This is known as big time local Socialism.

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jackbinkelman 2 years, 11 months ago

As usual republicans go after those least able to defend themselves.. Kansan's are better than this. All I feel is shame for our state government.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 11 months ago

Let them eat Cake.

The elitist GOP has lost their mind, forgotten what America is about.

Tax cuts for GE and the richest Americans, on the backs of the poor?

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Liberty_One 2 years, 11 months ago

Everyone knows that money = good education. That's why the US is #1 in education--we have to be, we spend more than everyone else on it.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

The rich say we're broke, so their lapdog legislators say everyone else must pay.

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grandnanny 2 years, 11 months ago

if school funding is cut once again, all school districts should refuse to do state testing. State testing is very expensive. The tests themselves cost money. Then they must be administered on computers. So each school must have enough computers that work well for testing to be accomplished. Someone must be paid to service these computers. While testing is being done, the rest of the school cannot use the computers for educational purposes. If all districts refused to do state testing, the time required to prepare for and administer these tests could be used to teach kids important things, not just how to take tests.

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jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

The obvious problem with this is as you cut education and social services, you will undoubtedly see more crime, and thus cutting prisons as well doesn't make much sense at all.

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sunny 2 years, 11 months ago

Cut half of the government...that would be a start.

Write a column on what the looney left want....MY TAX DOLLARS!

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Clevercowgirl 2 years, 11 months ago

Maybe those folks in Topeka think that the schools have too much money....with new stadiums and all.

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mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

Same old story, proving once again that if you want a republican to care about you, remain a fetus.

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tomatogrower 2 years, 11 months ago

As I have said before, if you are going to cut education funding back to early '90's levels, then the tax rate should be what it was in the '90's. Then there would be money for the schools. How can people in Shawnee, who had to close a bunch of schools and lay off a bunch of teachers, vote for jerks like this?

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

I would like to see an amendment that stop the deep tax cuts and rampant loopholes for wealthy corporations. Just too real and not nasty enough to the poor and the children?

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Shardwurm 2 years, 11 months ago

All you whiners have to do is pay more taxes!

Teachers need cuts anyway. Remove tenure and eliminate the union then we'll talk salaries.

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frankkalich 2 years, 11 months ago

This is how America is different than any other western country. It is like 20 people ship wrecked on an island, and 1 of them saying "I get half the Island, you other 19 get to share the other half, and be happy with that". Only in America do you have people who not only think that is a fair deal, they even think it is in their self interest.

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 11 months ago

Rotten Rotten Rotten Rotten Rotten etc.

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bear1956 2 years, 11 months ago

My question is who is electing these idiots? Most to the people I talk to seem to be more in agreement with me on providing adequate funding for social programs, schools, infrastructure, etc. and eliminating the obscene tax breaks given to corporations and other big business. I attended a meeting in Colby last week with the legislators from Northwest Kansas. Even they seemed to be more moderate in their positions on funding education, social programs, KPERS, paying public employees a decent salary, and even tax reform to increase revenue. It seems to me it is a handful of radical right wingers that are setting the agendas and driving the fascist point of view with Mike O'Neal, Anthony Brown, and a few others leading the way. It seems to me the majority understand the importance of public education and government services, but we are letting the radicals drive the train.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 11 months ago

A very small percentage of the state budget goes toward prisons. I don't know how we can get away with cutting the prison budget since it is only 1% of the State budget.

Furthermore, with a lower quality of education, we can probably predict a rise in the inmate population.

I want to keep an open mind to tax cuts but also we need to have an open mind about how to increase revenue.

The Republican mindset toward cutting taxes is not a responsible attitude and the damage caused by the Bush tax cuts during two costly wars just killed our economy even before the housing bust almost sent us back to the 1930s.

I hope Brownback has the courage to consider both and not be led around by the nose by Right Wing fanatics that seem to grow like ragweed here in Kansas.

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Crysalis 2 years, 11 months ago

The RepubliCONs cannot see past their own bank accounts, or the ones they punk for.

Govenor Brokeback needs to go back to "C" street to learn what Christianity, and doing Christ's work really means.

Another Right Wing embarassment for KS just like Phil Klein.

Teabaggers suck! RepubliCONs want to repeal the 20th Century, and America.

What PATRIOTS they are.

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woodscolt 2 years, 11 months ago

"Conservative Republicans on Friday sought more cuts to schools, social services and prisons."

They are just trying to insure that the future of kansas will be dumbed down to their level. At least they are smart enough to figure out how to do it.

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thebigspoon 2 years, 11 months ago

For God's sake, why don't we just cut all education, arts, and social programs. We could have a balance at the end of the budget year that would be astronomical. Then we could pay cash for the improvements to the capitol building, pay the Kochs for their incalculable value to the state, create a Governor's Commisiion on Spirituality in Government, have enough left over to raise the subsidies we give to oil companies and other corporations, and deport anyone who wasn't legally born here. This is so easy, it's unimaginable that the bill to do just that hasn't hit the floor yet.

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 11 months ago

Cutting all three (schools, social services, prisons) will result in more crime. Funny how the hard right is getting frustrated with Brownback. I think he sees the repercussions of cuts and is unwilling to go crazy with them, or repeal the sales tax increase.

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Clark Coan 2 years, 11 months ago

These extremists just want to fund "hard projects" such as prisons, highways and the military. See Larryville.com for more information.

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mom_of_three 2 years, 11 months ago

evidently the appropriations committee members need to buy a clue.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 11 months ago

Of course they do. The Republican Terrorists want to destroy Medicare, Social Security, care for the mentall ill (which many of them belong to) any kind of agency that has the term social(ist) in their title or mission, any group that is not white, anglo-saxon, Christian, conservative (THEIR defination of :conservative, i.e. Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, at nausium). And we, the great unwashed of H.L. Mencken elected these coots to office. We get the government we deserve for falling for their facist agenda.

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Kim Murphree 2 years, 11 months ago

I say AGAIN...What happened to the Kansas, America that wanted better for their children? What happened to Kansas, America that understood education was important for every child? Where did those great people go? They lived through a Depression and said, "never again." They supported social serivce programs that employed men and women and saved lives, they supported public education so that their children and grandchildren could go to school with their neighbors' children--they understood that we all have to pull together to lift up a struggling nation..lift each other up. Bring those people back! Both Republican and Democrat...that generation who went through so much and instituted the programs that certain few extreme politicians are trying to destroy. Stop voting for these people...they will leave this country in the same shape that it was prior to the Great Depression...everything in the hands of financiers (Wall Street) whose greed will, once again, lead us to destruction. No regulation, no healthcare, no education--all those lessons of that Great Generation lost... in the name of WHAT???

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js02 2 years, 11 months ago

How much more can we possibly take from the schools? At this rate, none of our students are going to be able to continue with education because there will be nothing there for them.

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