Topeka 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.