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Democrats call Brownback ‘disingenuous’ in touting highway projects

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced $192 million in funding to complete the South Lawrence Trafficway at a Kansas City, Kan. event on June 3, 2011.

June 3, 2011

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— Gov. Sam Brownback criss-crossed the state this week announcing more than $1.8 billion in major highway projects, including the South Lawrence Trafficway in Lawrence.

And that has Democrats crying foul because Brownback, a Republican, opposed the increase in the state sales tax rate to fund the state’s comprehensive transportation program.

“It’s a little disingenuous,” Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka said Friday.

During the 2010 campaign for governor, Brownback was critical of the temporary 1-cent sales tax rate increase that had been passed earlier in the year by a bipartisan coalition in the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat.

Under the tax, six-tenths of the 1-cent increase will expire in 2013, and the remaining four-tenths of a cent will fund the transportation program.

“Brownback was against the sales tax increase, he was critical of Tom (Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Tom Holland) for voting for it, and he touts his anti-tax record. Yet these highway projects are contingent upon the four-tenths of a cent,” Hensley said.

Brownback’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, voted for the transportation plan but against the sales tax increase when he was a state senator last year.

Over four-day, five-city swing this week, Brownback announced the projects, saying they will enhance safety, generate jobs and increase economic development.

Brownback declined to respond to the Democrats’ criticism. But his office put out a statement, saying, “At every TWORKS announcement the governor gave credit to former Gov. Mark Parkinson and the 2010 Kansas Legislature for the work they did to pass and fund the transpiration plan and thanked them for their leadership.”

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ajmag 2 years, 10 months ago

Is this the highway through the Indian Wetlands? And why have they been doing construction on the same 3 mile stretch of I-70 here for the last 4 years? $1.8 billion? but we cant give $100 million of that to public school students?

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usnsnp 2 years, 10 months ago

Watch who gets the job to construct the bypass, bet it will be a out of state company, mabey from Florida.

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Floyd Craig 2 years, 10 months ago

you just watch the ones who get the contracts to do the highways are most likely republican ownd

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jackbinkelman 2 years, 10 months ago

The likes of brownback don't just hurt liberals.

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evilpenguin 2 years, 10 months ago

Great, that means we can drive to lots of places that have closed down because Brownback wanted to cut back on state spending.

So what we're seeing is that he is willing to spend a wad of cash on roads but not on education, healthcare, the arts, anything else that is actually useful to people etc etc

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bobberboy 2 years, 10 months ago

who voted this clown into office ?

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grimpeur 2 years, 10 months ago

"Disingenuous" is a nice way of putting it.

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 10 months ago

Is it possible to govern after years spent criticizing and attacking government?

It is easy to attack government from the legislative branch. Executives must make decisions and wield the government.

Brownback's hypocrisy is astounding.

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camper 2 years, 10 months ago

Just like Jenkins. They oppose things like this, then they go to the check cutting ceremony standing in front of a ribbon. Sleazy.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

"Guess no one cares about the good paying construction jobs provided by increased funding for state highway projects!"

Authorize the money to fix existing local streets,sidewalks and bridges = jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs and brings our tax dollars directly to Lawrence,Kansas.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

No matter how smart and shrewd Brownback may be he still is incompetent.

Where are my tax dollars that Brownback cut off to a variety of sources?

I want my refund check pronto.

Wisconsin voters are in the process of recalling their governor why not in Kansas?

Michigan may be as well.

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 10 months ago

Want to know what a hypocrite looks like look at brownback.

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worldgovernment 2 years, 10 months ago

The people of Kansas have bigger problems to worry about than money for roads. Do any of you on here know what Plum Island is and what type of government projects they work on there? If not, I suggest you educate yourselves very quickly because that half- wit Brownback is in full support of moving it from its off shore location to the Grain and Cattle belt of the nation here in Kansas to Manhattan by 2018! If there should be a leak or break down of security measures, like an F5 that struck Joplin, which it currently couldn't withstand by their own admission, everything east of Manhattan would be contaminated and die due to the prevailing wind currents. Read up, google Plum Island, Brownback is risking national starvation and hideous diseased deaths. There are many reasons for people to rise up and overthrow their dictatorships. Look around the world, and they don't even have cameras on every street corner, although they also have paramilitary police forces that shoot unarmed civilians (Oakland CA. DHS), kick in doors (by mistake oops) and shoot the occupants of the home, and here in the US, they even smell marijuana in every car they stop. Freedom, Democracy, true representation of the peoples needs and wants. Good luck with that whole computer voting thing.

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beatrice 2 years, 10 months ago

He was against the roads to somewhere before he was for them.

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BigPrune 2 years, 10 months ago

The hate filled vitriol from the left sure gets old. I remember what the earth nazis did when the first leg of the bypass was under construction and all the equipment they destroyed - of course the first leg was supposed to be 4 lanes but had to settle for 2 lanes - too many court delays dried up funding, - and how many people have died as a result of a super 2 lane instead of a 4 lane? A lot. But there's some non-existent frog that may have been jeopardized, and of course the "I had a dream I saw dead people" which resulted in the ground penetrating radar over the man made wetlands, to no avail. Of course, the people voted for the bypass, forced to vote on by the bypass protestors, and the will of the majority has been thwarted for over 20 years, by the people who forced the vote in the first place because they didn't get their minority held desired results.

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bobberboy 2 years, 10 months ago

I wonder how much of the money is going to the Koch Brothers ?

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tomatogrower 2 years, 10 months ago

He was against it before he was for it. Just like Romney was for it, before he was against it. That's why they call it "spin". It's what your head does trying to keep up.

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newmedia 2 years, 10 months ago

Guess no one cares about the good paying construction jobs provided by increased funding for state highway projects! Everyone knows if it wasn't proposed by a lib it's probably worthless anyway.

Most will moan and complain about paying $1 toll to use a new road but don't say a word when their taxes are raised. Go figure.

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mloburgio 2 years, 10 months ago

KPERS' cost to rise for taxpayers, workers Using newly passed legislation to begin plugging funding holes in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System will cost state taxpayers an additional $14.5 million in just the first year of the reforms. http://www.kansasreporter.org/74606.aspx

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oldexbeat 2 years, 10 months ago

What's really special, at least in SW Kansas, is that the highway helps the nice supporters of Brownback drive faster to get to their houses away from the packing plants and the schools filled up (thanks Brownback, again) with the children of the meat factory workers.

Clearly, rewards all around. For a few. Very few. Rapture failed, so Brownback, now without a fall back plan, gives large construction rewards. Works everytime -- autobahn as a case.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 10 months ago

Neocons also blast earmarks yet are glad to take them home or bring them home which ever the case may be.

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BigPrune 2 years, 10 months ago

At least we'll finally get a road built that we the people voted for over 20 years ago, that we were forced to vote on. Too bad the earth nazis cost the taxpayers millions of dollars that we'll never recoup.

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KEITHMILES05 2 years, 10 months ago

Typical politician saying one thing and doing another.

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demonfury 2 years, 10 months ago

Anthony Hensley is simply trying to make Gov. Brownback look bad here. The sales tax increase was instituted under Parkinson's watch, and Brownback opposed it. It passed despite Brownback not wanting it. So now that the money is in place, Brownback's only duty now is to utilize it in the manner in which it was voted for. What the hell is Hensley crying about? Brownback is simply carrying out Parkinson's work. He may not like it, but that's what the money is for. Hensley is simply showing what a useless cry baby liberal he is by attacking Brownback for the very thing he voted for himself. Can you say, typical "talk out of both sides of your mouth" democrat? My tax dollars are paying Hensley to do a job, not whine and cry over a law / project that he himself supports, in a feeble attempt to smear Brownback.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 10 months ago

saying, “At every TWORKS announcement the governor gave credit to former Gov. Mark Parkinson and the 2010 Kansas Legislature for the work they did to pass and fund the transpiration plan and thanked them for their leadership.”

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 10 months ago

"Brownback’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, voted for the transportation plan but against the sales tax increase when he was a state senator last year."

He also voted for turning one loaf of bread into thousands and the development of perpetual motion machines.

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toe 2 years, 10 months ago

These should be toll roads.

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