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Republicans not amused at Democrats’ jab at Brownback’s budget director

February 2, 2011

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— The Kansas Democratic Party has put out a “missing” poster for Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director Steve Anderson.

Traditionally, the governor's budget director presents the governor's proposed budget to the legislative committees tasked with writing a budget.

Anderson, who previously did work for Americans for Prosperity, has not appeared before the committees in this role. Instead, that job has fallen to Brownback's policy director Landon Fulmer and other budget department employees.

“If found,” the Democratic Party poster says of Anderson, “please tell him to report to the House and Senate Budget Committees to explain Brownback's proposed cuts to Kansas schools, state employees, Kansas Arts Commission and Mental Health service providers.”

Brownback's spokeswoman Sheriene Jones-Sontag has said that Anderson has had many meetings with legislators and that the Democratic criticism was silly and counter-productive.

Brownback announced his appointment of Anderson, a certified public accountant from Enid, Okla., in December as a member of his economic team.

Anderson had been working as a consultant for the past several years with Americans for Prosperity, an organization founded by billionaire David Koch, which espouses cuts in taxes, regulations and the size of government.

In 2009, Anderson and the Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity proposed a “model budget” for Kansas.

In that document, AFP said the biggest problem with the budget is “unconstrained growth of state spending.”

The group called for a cut in the state income tax, cuts in state spending, including Medicaid, and a voucher program where tax dollars would be used to pay tuition for students to attend private schools. The plan also called for a program to allow tax credits for donations to scholarship funds for low-income children to attend private schools.

The plan also recommended higher tuition at public universities and schools. “There is no reason to tax the majority in the state who do not have children attending a state institution in order to subsidize those who do, especially when there is evidence it is the more affluent citizens who are more likely to have children enrolled in higher education,” the document said.

Comments

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 5 months ago

Kansas should become the first state in the nation to institute a medicare means test.

Maracas 4 years, 5 months ago

I doubt it had anything to do with providing amusement for Republicans.

Alceste 4 years, 5 months ago

Brownback and crew are some of the largest group of political hacks this state has ever seen. Get used to it. You voted for them.

jumpin_catfish 4 years, 5 months ago

Yes, Alceste, only enlightened liberals and their "causes" are honorable. Damn those political hacks!

Alceste 4 years, 5 months ago

Oh, Alceste is not suggesting that idiots like Sebelius and Company are or were any better......peas in a pod, jumpin_catfish, peas in a pod.....

Irrespective, it is Brownback and the C Street Mafia that signed up to further run Kansas back into the Stoneage(s) this time. Try to stay focused.

inquire 4 years, 5 months ago

The idea makes sense, "don't spend tax $$ on those who can afford it." I'm confused if it is believed that this measure (below) would enable less affluent people to afford college and become, "more affluent." If so, PLEASE explain as I imagine this article is missing some key details.

"The plan also recommended higher tuition at public universities and schools. “There is no reason to tax the majority in the state who do not have children attending a state institution in order to subsidize those who do, especially when there is evidence it is the more affluent citizens who are more likely to have children enrolled in higher education,” the document said."

overthemoon 4 years, 5 months ago

I found that an unbelievable statement as well. It basically says education is for the rich and the rest can just go blow...or shovel snow or something. Sums up conservative thought pretty well...and those that keep voting for these yahoos just don't realize the very very high cost of letting them run the government.

Its high time that people realize that we ALL benefit from the education of our children as well as life long learning of all citizens.

verity 4 years, 5 months ago

"Its high time that people realize that we ALL benefit from the education of our children as well as life long learning of all citizens."

Yes, yes and yes again. I have been saying this for years. I have no children, but I certainly benefit from the general education of the people and certainly should be taxed to provide it. When I went to college, everyone who really wanted a higher education could get it without having a lifetime of debt. Even with inflation, $1,000-2,000 a year (and yes, one could do it for that in the 70s), it was nothing in comparison to what is happening now.

Scott Drummond 4 years, 5 months ago

Good thing we have someone from Oklahoma telling us how to budget. Oklahoma is such a wonderful state and all!

plainspeaking 4 years, 5 months ago

Here's why Anderson won't testify before legislative committees: he's a verbal bully who's prone to making mean-spirited, sarcastic comments. Fulmer is a little more polished and diplomatic.

Centerville 4 years, 5 months ago

Funny that Rothschild didn't ask Paul Davis, who has Anderson's cell phone number, why he wouldn't return Anderson's calls. But that wouldn't fit into Rothschild's duty to carry water for the Democrats...even if it means having to rewrite his stories to make the Ds happier.

unite2revolt 4 years, 5 months ago

It also protects him from ever going on record about his own budget.

wastewatcher 4 years, 5 months ago

I am a registered Democrat , but it is childish games like this that have made the Democrats no longer relevant in Kansas politics . It is time the Dems grow upand work to make Kansas a better place for all of its citizens.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 5 months ago

And I'm the Queen of England. You realize LJWorld.com keeps all your past comments, right?

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/wastewatcher/comments/

Yeah, you're a registered Democrat. That explains why out of 99 comments 60% of them are attacks on Democrats. What other things do you like to pretend to be? Are you also the Queen of England? I'll fight you for it!

notanota 4 years, 5 months ago

We might balance the state budget with a tax on caps-lock typing.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 5 months ago

And when did Steve Anderson call Paul Davis? According to the Cap Journal, after these signs went up.

Centerville, give it a rest. Funny how you're so desperate to toss in myths in a story made up of nothing but facts.

kugrad 4 years, 5 months ago

The article reads,"In 2009, Anderson and the Kansas chapter of Americans for Prosperity proposed a “model budget” for Kansas." This article leave out one important fact: The "model budget" presented was soundly criticized by BOTH Republicans and Democrats in Topeka. Both parties agreed that the budget showed a lack of understanding of both Kansas law and the budget process. So, let's not pretend that Brownback hired someone well-steeped in knowledge to head the budget office. No, he picked someone whose 'model budget' was dismissed by both parties as unrealistic and contrary to Kansas law; someone most governors would have avoided selecting based on prior performance.

gudpoynt 4 years, 5 months ago

it was soundly criticized by BOTH Republicans and Democrats... in 2009.

Fast forward over a year to a vastly more conservative new legislature and administration, wherein the big Kahuna was a member of that very organization that proposed the "model budget".

Don't you think a similar "model budget" might be met with a little less criticism today than it was a over a year ago?

Keith 4 years, 5 months ago

They should have said if found, return to Oklahoma.

grandnanny 4 years, 5 months ago

Let me get this straight - my tax money should not be used to fun students getting a higher education, but it should be used to fund vouchers so kids can go to private schools. Wow - the hypocrisy continues.

Centerville 4 years, 5 months ago

Too bad the original version of this story was pulled...including the part about the ease of Davis' access to Anderson if he had any questions. But anything goes when the Ds feel entitled to act all huffy.

Bob_Keeshan 4 years, 5 months ago

Looks like somebody has a little crush on Rep. Davis.

Helpful advice - you don't have to lie to make friends.

irvan moore 4 years, 5 months ago

the budget director has a reputation as a whackjob that will embarass himself and the guv if you put him in front of a camera and ask him questions. there is a reason he's not in the public eye.

tomatogrower 4 years, 5 months ago

He's from Oklahoma? We have CPA's in Kansas! Geez, Brownback.

Randall Uhrich 4 years, 5 months ago

Brownback's going to do for Kansas what Bush did for the U.S., and we all know how well that turned out: Catastrophic.

parrothead8 4 years, 5 months ago

Republicans don't like it when you make fun of them to their faces. They find it much more honorable to tell lies and create misleading information about people behind their backs.

pace 4 years, 5 months ago

Great headline, while seeming to support republicans actually brings sweet attention to the point. Who is the new budget director, who is he aligned with and why doesn't he show up to meeting/. No one cares the poster doesn't amuse the republicans, not even the republicans. Amusement seems petty when you are dealing with serious issues.

Jan Rolls 4 years, 5 months ago

He was put in the position so Koch would have someone to tell the Gov what to do. Don't have to be a brain surgeon to figure that one out. Like the other person said, you voted for these people. Don't cry now it's too late.

gudpoynt 4 years, 5 months ago

It's not too late. Democracy doesn't occur only during elections. Write your legislator.

Try articulating your sentiment a bit better and sending it to our legislators. Someone of influence is probably more likely to pay attention to that, than to your comment here.

somebodynew 4 years, 5 months ago

And if they are soooo upset by this, why not just put him out there and have him do what we are PAYING him for. I love these people who want so much less government and wants to fire all the employees (unless it takes their paycheck away from them).

Ralph Reed 4 years, 5 months ago

Well then Tom, don't get so worked up (deranged) about responding to comments about BB. Then you wouldn't suffer from BDSF.

booyalab 4 years, 5 months ago

“If found,” the Democratic Party poster says of Anderson, “please tell him to report to the House and Senate Budget Committees to explain Brownback's proposed cuts to Kansas schools, state employees, Kansas Arts Commission and Mental Health service providers.”

Not really a "haha!" amusing, though. Is it? If it was a stand up joke it would be the kind that's followed by patronizing applause.

Kent Richardson 4 years, 5 months ago

Hello Kansas Welcome Koch Industries. This state has become the most extreme of all. Why do working people elect these people? Fundamentalism just like the Middle East. The appointment of Anderson is so blatant of a payback for campaign contributions it is off the charts. We are totally screwed.

Don Whiteley 4 years, 5 months ago

There is a great reason Democrats want him to stay away...he stands in the way of their spending our great grandchildren's tax money now.

MyName 4 years, 5 months ago

WTF are you talking about? You do realize that the people who are spending our future tax revenues are in Washington, DC and not Topeka, KS?

WilburNether 4 years, 5 months ago

This is infantile partisan behavior on the part of the Kansas Democrat Party, which has absolutely nothing useful to offer in the way of substantive policies. There's a reason why they were trounced in the 2010 elections in Kansas -- voters know it.

MyName 4 years, 5 months ago

Yes, clearly it's "infantile" to expect our public officials in the executive branch to be forced to answer questions the legislature might have about their proposals. It has nothing to do with checks and balances or accountability.

thesloss 4 years, 5 months ago

Um, could we have a new photo under caption, "Kansas Government". A series of different photos would be even better. PLEASE.

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