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Brownback administration lays off Kansas Arts Commission employees

May 10, 2011, 7:44 p.m. Updated May 10, 2011, 9:42 a.m.

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KT Walsh of the Percolator art collective in Lawrence on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 displays her "John Brown" puppet during rally protesting elimination of the Kansas Arts Commission.

KT Walsh of the Percolator art collective in Lawrence on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 displays her "John Brown" puppet during rally protesting elimination of the Kansas Arts Commission.

Laura Ramberg of Lawrence waves the "Kansas Muse" on Thursday, Feb. 10 during a rally across the street from the Capitol to protest Gov. Sam Brownback's order to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission.

Laura Ramberg of Lawrence waves the "Kansas Muse" on Thursday, Feb. 10 during a rally across the street from the Capitol to protest Gov. Sam Brownback's order to eliminate the Kansas Arts Commission.

— In defiance of the Legislature, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration Tuesday laid off the employees of the Kansas Arts Commission.

Earlier in the legislative session, Brownback proposed abolishing the commission, but the Legislature rejected the move after numerous Kansans voiced opposition to the proposal in protests, calls to legislators and testimony to committees.

Despite that, Brownback's secretary of the Kansas Department of Administration, Dennis Taylor, told the Arts Commission's interim director Chris Howell on Tuesday that all five commission employees would be placed on administrative leave immediately and terminated June 10.

Henry Schwaller, chairman of the Arts Commission, said he was "very surprised" by the action.

"This is a back-door move to eliminate the Arts Commission," Schwaller said.

He said the commission had funding through the end of the fiscal year. "We can't provide services now to the 290 arts organizations and artists," he said.

In addition, Schwaller noted that the Senate had voted to reject Brownback's executive order to abolish the commission, and House and Senate budget-writers had agreed on funding the agency at nearly $700,000 for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

Brownback could have applied a line-item veto to that funding. But if he had, the Legislature then would have had the opportunity to override the veto.

Brownback had proposed eliminating the commission as a cost-cutting move and said a private group could raise funds for the arts.

On Tuesday, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, a spokeswoman for Brownback, said, "Gov. Brownback stands by his budget recommendation as the best way to cause the arts to flourish privately in Kansas while saving taxpayer dollars."

Schwaller said he would continue fighting to preserve the Arts Commission and urged supporters to contact Brownback and legislators. The 2011 legislative session is expected to end this week.

State Sen. Roger Reitz, R-Manhattan, who led the effort in the Senate to overturn Brownback's executive order shutting down the commission, said Wednesday he was "very disappointed" in Brownback's layoffs of the commisison staff.

"There is no reason for this," Reitz said. "That's a real tragic statement for the state of Kansas," he said. He said eliminating the commission will cost the state thousands of jobs related to the arts.

Reitz said he would speak with Senate leaders to determine if there is any way to reverse Brownback's move.

Comments

25 2 years, 11 months ago

not spending money on non-essential things = non-cultured. It's rightly called common sense

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bluedawg79 2 years, 11 months ago

Kansas, as big a joke as you think.

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toe 2 years, 11 months ago

No government is responsible for providing jobs.

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Jay_lo 2 years, 11 months ago

Results of a two-year Kansas Economic Impact Of The Arts Study indicate that expenditures by arts and culture organizations and audiences total more than $153.5 million.

That $153.5 million generates the following:

4612 full time equivalent jobs $95 million in household income $6 million in local government tax revenues $9 million in state government tax revenues

Read the full report. http://arts.ks.gov/economic_impact/do...

$9 million in state government tax revenues as a return on an investment of less than $700,000. I wish my 401K could do as well.

Of course not all of the $153.5 million is directly attributable to the Kansas Arts Commission, but how well will the arts continue to play out in the only state without an Arts Commission? There may very well be a large and costly backlash.

The Kansas Arts Commission's $700,000 budget covers not only the wages of the five paid members, but also provides grants and establishes arts programs throughout the state, as well as paying for advertising, a very informative web site, etc.

For Brownback to turn a blind eye to the economic impact of the arts in Kansas, and focus only on the small but visible spending shows that he is more concerned with making a show of his tax cuts than he is with improving the actual state economy.

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

The way I understand it Brownback wants to duplicate the art scene of Parker, Ks where he grew up and where Rockchalk learned many of the fine licks, why here is a short video of it- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tqxzW...

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Alceste 2 years, 11 months ago

The PEOPLE of Kansas elected this clown brownback to the job. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. WE are getting exactly what we, essentially, ASKED for.

At least these "art commission" people were all in patronage jobs anyway......they signed up for the game of "who ya know"....now they're findin' out what it is like to not know the "right people". shrug

If people actually think "voting" means a rats rear end in Kansas....they need to re-address their thinking.

Let's see....the people of Wisconsin are successfully recalling the vote on over 15 state Senators. Could such a thing happen in KanzAss? Get out of here! hahahahahahahhaa

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Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 11 months ago

What an uneducated, stupid, idiotic, knee-jerk reaction! Any leader with an ounce of sense knows better than than to pull a stupid move like this. And it's moves like this one and our infamous state board of education that makes Kansas look as forward thinking as Neanderthals.

Maybe we can edit our new motto:

Kansas: It's as backwards as you think.

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 11 months ago

Will anyone hold Sham's feet to the fire about this new state logo debacle?

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 11 months ago

Has anyone been keeping a tally on the number of jobs to date Sham has brought into the state vs the number he's added to the unemployment line?

Did I mention we can't afford the arts, but we have money to burn on a new state logo?

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buckjennings 2 years, 11 months ago

The bottom line is that the Republicans have been wanting to kill off the arts and any kind of culture for many years and they're using this current budget crisis as the perfect excuse for doing so. The moron we have as governor doesn't really care about balancing the budget-- he's just looking for cheap political points while he fattens the wallets of large corporations and wealthy tyrants.

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mom_of_three 2 years, 11 months ago

funny, on his facebook, he likes Kansas 150, which was funded/supported...hmmm..by the kansas arts commission.....

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 2 years, 11 months ago

Consider Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs. Those who cannot afford bread don't spend money on poetry. Kansas (and many other states) needs to consider eliminating many other non-essential programs so that we can keep the elderly warm, educate our children and keep the poor from starving - without raising taxes AGAIN.

I think some of us are in denial about how bad this economy is. We cannot remain in a recession without it eventually spiraling into a depression. We need to cut spending... badly.

If GSB kills the KAC, pats himself on the back and stops there: He's a douchebag. If he keeps going and attacks the pet projects of the rich and conservative as well: He's what we need.

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mom_of_three 2 years, 11 months ago

I realize he needs to cut the budget, but here is what I think happened. Brownback - i want to cut the arts commission citizens - no, don't. legislators - constituants say no. so no brownback - i am gonna do it anyway, behind your back and sneaky like.

lets take our chances on a private arts commission who hopefully will be able to get the same federal grants as the state program, (because we dont know for sure) and then hope they can fund the projects and bring back the revenue to the state.

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tange 2 years, 11 months ago

I've again incremented my former, daily "two minutes" of hate.

Soon, I won't have time enough to sleep.

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Newell_Post 2 years, 11 months ago

If there are no staffers to spend the money, then the money can't be spent. This is a bureaucratic maneuver that goes back to the Roman Empire, or earlier. If SB had any real guts, he would do the same thing to a bunch of other non-essential functions to balance the budget.

I love the arts and donate my own money to several arts-related things. But if this particular piece of the bureaucracy ceases to exist, the sky will not fall, the Huns will not invade, dogs will not start living with cats, and ugliness will not take over the state.

This is the easiest bit of budget cutting that exists. The question here is why he hasn't done more of this to more functions sooner.

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DaBellaDaBall 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes, Nazis stole countless pieces of art. What does that have to do w/ anything? I said they spent loads of money on the arts. Whether they plundered Europe has no bearing on the matter.

I am not trying to insinuate that cutting 5 jobs is close to Nazism. My opinion is that Brownshirt would behave much like a Nazi if left w/o constraints. By that I do not mean he would send people to death camps. Not all Nazis were involved with that. I'm talkin' about your garden variety nationalistic, difference-hating Nazi swine.

The fact that the Nazi party was short for National Socialism does not mean they were socialists. They could have called themselves National Pacifists. Would that have made them pacifists?

Finally, what is it about me that makes you believe I am enamored with socialism? The fact that I think Brownshirt is a vile pig is no evidence that I am enamored with socialism. Quite the contrary, I am enamored w/ a caring capitalist system that takes care of its sick and poor, educates its children, and does not get into morality and religion. What's wrong with that, blogface?

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4getabouit 2 years, 11 months ago

Brownshirt is just getting started. Unless you work as a slave for the Koch Brothers, there will be no reason to be in Kansas after 8 years of this AH. Brownback is already rich. He married into money. The rest of us can go eat cake.

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

I guess the next move will be the removal of the John Steuart Curry murals from the Kansas state capitol. They would easily bring many millions on the open market. Heck, why not remove all art from public buildings and sell it! Bare walls for all!

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circuitsboard 2 years, 11 months ago

The KAC brought in an estimated $15,000,000 in revenue in exchange for that $700,000, roughly, wasn't it?

Funnier still, I left an opinion on Brownback's Facebook page sharing my opinion on the matter. It was non-derogatory, non-inflammatory, yet it was erased, I was removed from the page, and blocked from commenting on the page.

And yes, I voted for him. That won't happen again.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

Repubs don't like creating jobs or keeping people on the the job. It improves ones quality.

Sam Brownback the big government dictator = ego booster. He is the chief of deception which means he cannot be trusted.

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Soapbox 2 years, 11 months ago

Kansas voted for Brownback and that is what we got. You Lawrence liberals have no idea how the outside of Douglas County WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joseph Jarvis 2 years, 11 months ago

@Scott Rothschild: I don't really understand the "how" part of the story. Is the governor impounding the funds? Can you clarify?

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love2fish_ks 2 years, 11 months ago

I love the arts and hate to admit this but.... $700K savings is a no-brainer. The state is broke, employees are getting a cut in pay, benefit cost increase, and fewer workers for the same or increased workload. Although this is a paltry sum, it should be very easy for the $700K to be raised from private sources. I can't believe anything but all the complaining is political grandstanding. The arts commission should easily have their total budge increased 10 fold if private fundraising is tapped. In the long run this will be good for the arts. Greater involvement and a wider base of support. Time for the arts commission to stand on it's own and grow baby grow!!! Good times are ahead! Who wants to orgainize the first Do Co fundraising? I'll be the first in line to purchase banquet tickets to the auction.

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nugget 2 years, 11 months ago

The budget for the Arts Commission wasn't even a drop in the bucket for the overall state budget. This is simply red meat for hard-core conservatives who like to hold these kinds of things up as wrong while we our elected officials protect the billions in subsidies to corporations so they can pad their profit margins , excuse me, I mean, hire more Kansans so that the trickle down theory is hard at it in action. Brownback is squarely in the back pockets of people with money and will do whatever it is necessary to ensure their fortunes. Screw the middle class and the arts is his opinion.

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CHKNLTL 2 years, 11 months ago

Kansas had an Arts Commission? And used 700,000 taxpayer dollars to fund services to only 290 organizations a year? Let's see, that's a mere $2400 each if all the staff on the Commission itself worked for free, which we all know, nobody works for free in the government. There should be no difficulty in raising such a minute amount of private funding if one seeks the proper donors.

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beatrice 2 years, 11 months ago

Governments have funded the arts for centuries. This backlash by the right, particularly the evangelical right, against the arts is a basic backlash against knowledge. They don't want people thinking too much on any number of subjects.

We don't need less art in our lives.

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scary_manilow 2 years, 11 months ago

I was just coming here to post that. Let the lawsuits commence!

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lawslady 2 years, 11 months ago

http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_74/Article_52/74-5204.html Created the Arts Commission and gives it the power to hire and fire the employees of that state agency. What law or constitutional power can anyone point to that overrides that LAW (statute) and gives the Governor the power to hire and fire employees of a state agency created and empowered by the Legislature (who btw also were elected to carry out and represent the people's will).

And the number of jobs that will be lost by this move are not just limited to the KAC. There will be thousands of jobs and local economies hurt by this short-sighted move. IF the Governor really wanted to cut back on government spending, he'd seek to cut back or eliminate the practice of printing up thousands of pages of do-nothing house/senate journals every day the legislature is in session.

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ASeiwert 2 years, 11 months ago

Arts are not only a fantastic way to boost morale (especially in these economically trying times), but to create jobs as well. Think "New Deal," not only did FDR successfully lift the nation out of the Depression, but created quite a few publicly-funded programs that have helped generations of Americans since. The first thing to go in any down economy is the arts, but it shouldn't be. The Kansas population in general may seem to have little appreciation for most types of art, but this doesn't mean we should alienate a large segment of the population to accomplish an end. Because of Brownback's recent decision, many Kansas artists will now be left even more destitute than before. How is this helping the economy, again?

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 11 months ago

Sam the culture warrior is at it again.

Pragmatism and economy be damned, we musy fight the culture wars.

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akt2 2 years, 11 months ago

The turkey sandwich I just made is a work of art. A masterpiece.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 11 months ago

In related news, First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for tonight, and she’s invited rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burning” of former President George W. Bush.

Is poetry considered a form of art!

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 11 months ago

Interesting that this showdown Brownback has chosen involves a piddling amount of state money. $700,000.

This is no surprise, as everything Brownback has done to date is about ideology, not pragmatism.

Eliminating the KAC is a shot in the culture wars and means next to nothing to the economy and budget.

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Alice Brewer 2 years, 11 months ago

so much for elected officials being public servants!

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nouseforaname 2 years, 11 months ago

Long before the invention of money, there was art. And long after the dissolution of money, there will be art.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 11 months ago

Brownback and his Republican-Palinist cronies still think those engaged in the "arts" are homosexuals and lay-abouts. Can't have that on the state budget. This is what you get with the Republican Terrorists, fellow citizens, you voted for this White House wannabe, and you got what you asked for. Blindly following a party line got us Hitler.

Read this fast for now I will wait for the Republican owner of this newsrag to remove this message

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classclown 2 years, 11 months ago

wmathews (Whitney Mathews) replies…

Let's have this conversation without the immature bickering, guys. May 11, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.

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HAHAHAHAHAHA! Good one! Thanks for the laugh.

Considering that roughly 85% of all comments posted at LJW consists of two or more people immaturely bickering and/or calling each other names, it really seems odd to see this comment inserted into one of the tamer "conversations" to take place.

I blame threads. You will note it tends to be the threaders that engage in the juvenile behavior. Perhaps if you did away with threads, the immature behavior will come to an end.

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akt2 2 years, 11 months ago

Why would the Arts Comission consider themselves immune to budget cuts considering what has happened in our state schools? Welcome back to the real world.

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evilpenguin 2 years, 11 months ago

Ahh good old Republicans.

"We won't allow you to kill your babies; but we will let them grow up to be uncultured mindless drones with the worst and cheapest education we can provide".

Brownback doesn't have to say the words for us to know this is what he's doing for Kansas.

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zzgoeb 2 years, 11 months ago

Ah yes, the GOP, all about "less government", that is, if you don't like what the legislature does, and you're the GOP governor, just take over, ala, dictators!!! We need to recall Brownback ASAP!!!

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toe 2 years, 11 months ago

Great move, but not enough money saved. Cut state employees numbers and pay.

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George Lippencott 2 years, 11 months ago

Some people in this space never cease to amaze me. A significant majority of the state excluding Lawrence elected Mr. Brownback. I suspect the vast majority of them could care less about the Arts Commission. If Mr. Brownback brings jobs they will be happy.

The executive is an independent branch of our government. The legislature has no power over it and can not make it do things short of a veto override. I wonder what our delegation traded to get the commission funded to apparently no avail. Looks like we got had.

I don’t know who decided to make this an all or nothing power showdown with the governor. Having done so, is it surprising that he is exercising his powers. Just what leverage does Lawrence have with the governor? We daily call him everything but loose. I suspect he not only does not care what we think but enjoys flouting us.

When party takes priority over governance than I guess you can expect that to work both ways.

Oh by the by, the headline elsewhere in the LJW that the Republicans have been thwarted is interesting since they control everything. Can you thwart yourself? Maybe not all Republicans believe in social Darwinism?? Is there hope? Should we recognize that?

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DaBellaDaBall 2 years, 11 months ago

Now Brownshirt has gone beyond the Hitler "administration." Even the Nazis spent loads of money on the arts. I guess we will need to find a new nickname for Brownshirt.

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pace 2 years, 11 months ago

Brownback had no choice. Koch called him. he keeps his promises to the boys.

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macon47 2 years, 11 months ago

so does this mean our local starving artists will have to break down and get real jobs since they cant bleed the taxpayers?? t

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JustNoticed 2 years, 11 months ago

Construction has begune on the Nazified, Christianist Governor's mansion to build a moat around it. Alligators will live there.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Brownbutt is eliminating jobs instead of creating them.

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jimmyjms 2 years, 11 months ago

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Beth Bird 2 years, 11 months ago

We will now be the only state without an Arts Council....Wow....Add that to our education woes and you can see why everyone makes fun of Kansas.....Backwards hicks....

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overthemoon 2 years, 11 months ago

Attn: Scott Rothschild:

It is not clear from this article if Brownback will place his cadre of campaign contributors on the board of the 'private' foundation he had previously proposed. If so, will these board members be paid? Who will pay them?

Need more info!! Thanks.

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edjayhawk 2 years, 11 months ago

Instead of creating jobs, Brownbut is eliminating. them.

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DeaconBlue 2 years, 11 months ago

I notice the highly intellectual, cultured liberals are developing their hate rhetoric this morning. What's next in their quiver of hate rhetoric? Alligators in the moat?

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 11 months ago

Good job Gov. Sam. I agree with this decision wholeheartedly. The wine sipping, Volvo driving, public radio listening, arts and croissant crowd can get out their personal checkbooks if they don't like it. We simply can't afford this nonsense with a $500M deficit. Hope and change!

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kshiker 2 years, 11 months ago

You have an employee of the executive branch who is openly challenging his boss and engaging in illegal advocacy and lobbying (which state officials are prohibited from doing). Why the heck should he not be fired? Good riddance. Elections have consequences and the Governor has the constitutional authority to determine the composition and function of the executive branch. Did I miss when the people spoke in favor of the continuance of the Arts Commission? Did I miss a ballot initiative or referendum? Priorities change and arts supporters will have to align their money with their mouth if they want those functions to continue. Bravo to the Governor!

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jafs 2 years, 11 months ago

The issue is the way in which he did this, skirting the line-item veto because it could be over-ridden, and clearly going against the legislature's vote on the subject.

Question - if the Commission continues to receive the funding, but loses all of the employees, what happens?

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somedude20 2 years, 11 months ago

What do you expect from a person who believes that man/woman walked on the earth the same time as the dinosaurs. Noah's ark, ha, what a joke. This clown makes Pee Wee Herman look like MLK. Darn backwoods people....you got a pretty mouth

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tanaumaga 2 years, 11 months ago

This man needs a very hard pie to the face, followed by a open handed slap....and then the backhand as well...and then a kick to his womanhood.

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cowboy 2 years, 11 months ago

Yep Alceste , I saw that same list but honestly didn't know if they all were related. Seems to be a Brownback family tradition of sucking welfare from the government.

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Alceste 2 years, 11 months ago

....good show cowboy.....and what the Clown got compared to what his relatives got from the same program is nothing. Let's see what the Brownback family is bringing in:

(Source: http://www.ewg.org )

Glen R. Brownback has been paid over $374,864 since 1995. That's out in Linn County and does not include 2010 and 2011.

http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A08081676&summlevel=address

James R Brownback has been paid over $332,395 since 1995. That's out in Linn County (and a little bit from Anderson County) and does not include 2010 and 2011.

http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?custnumber=A07986984

Oh heck....here's a link to the Clan.....you tell me if they're all related or not. http://farm.ewg.org/addrsearch.php?s=yup&stab=KS&city=&zip=&last=Brownback&first=&stab=KS&i=Search+Recipients&fullname=&stab2=AL

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cowboy 2 years, 11 months ago

Since Sam doesn't believe in socialism he should scratch out a check to the government for the following: Year Conservation Subsidies Disaster Subsidies Commodity Subsidies Total USDA Subsidies 1995-2009 1995 $4,810 $0 $0 $4,810 1996 $4,810 $0 $0 $4,810 1997 $4,810 $0 $0 $4,810 1998 $0 $0 $0 $0 1999 $3,595 $0 $0 $3,595 2000 $3,595 $0 $103 $3,698 2001 $3,475 $0 $173 $3,648 2002 $3,595 $0 $0 $3,595 2003 $3,595 $0 $436 $4,031 2004 $3,595 $0 $0 $3,595 2005 $3,595 $0 $216 $3,811 2006 $3,595 $0 $633 $4,228 2007 $3,595 $0 $421 $4,016 2008 $0 $0 $205 $205 2009 $0 $0 $0 $0 Total $46,665 $0 $2,187 $48,852

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DeaconBlue 2 years, 11 months ago

This is great news for liberals. Now they will be able to show the rest of Kansas their deep seated culture by donating money for the Arts. Liberal money and only liberal money will save the day for the Arts. Their intellectual know how, their investments, will save the day for the Arts.

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woodscolt 2 years, 11 months ago

Bringing jobs to Kansas, or wait , taking jobs from kansans. Just put em in the unemployment line and blame it on obama

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Randall Uhrich 2 years, 11 months ago

Step 1.: Dumb down the electorate. Step 2.: Elect republicans. Step 3.: Ignore the wishes of the people and pull crap like this, which is probably (or should be) unconstitutional. Brownback should expect a massive backlash when people realize that he is acting against their interests in almost all ways, while supporting a corporate and fundamentalist christian agenda.

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mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

former senator sam brownback paided his staff of 44 people in washington and ks. $1,278,495.00 from 10/01/2009 to 03/31/10 pay period.

the pay period 04/01/2010 to 9/30/2010 his staff of 43 people was paid

$1,517,451 that's a $238.956 raise. average of $5.557.12 per person.

so from 10/01/2009 to 09/30/2010 the taxpayers paid his staff $2,795,946 not including the rent for at least 4 regional offices in ks. plus sams salary of $174.000 per year.

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mloburgio 2 years, 11 months ago

brownback and the kochs, at least this bunch will leave higher education alone. opps too late!

The Koch Brothers and Florida State University -- Academic Freedom for Sale?

Under the agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, however, faculty only retain the illusion of control. The contract specifies that an advisory committee appointed by Koch decides which candidates should be considered. The foundation can also withdraw its funding if it's not happy with the faculty's choice or if the hires don't meet "objectives" set by Koch during annual evaluations. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/10/974786/-The-Koch-Brothers-and-Florida-State-UniversityAcademic-Freedom-for-Sale?via=sidebyuserrec

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sallyone 2 years, 11 months ago

Good job Brownback! You have earned another vote from me in the next election. Keep lowering taxes, that's what the kansas people want!

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bobberboy 2 years, 11 months ago

It's interesting that the majority of the respondants here are not happy with this outcome. I wonder how many of you actually voted for Brownback or failed to vote at all When Brownback was elected barely 50 % of you even went to the polls. What do you expect ?

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 11 months ago

Times are tough thanks for hanging in there Sam

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money.”

Everett Dirksen

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Armored_One 2 years, 11 months ago

Funding increased to 700K the next fiscal year? That is supposed to "save" the art community?

His methods being tacky, at best, I'd be interested in seeing if the groundswell of support this funding was supposed to have received will be backed up with any measurable amount of force.

There is a lot of knee-jerk response to something like not funding the arts, but once the metal gets put to the grindstone, no one really ever wants to step up and put money down on the table. I'm not trying to irritate the reader, but that is still frequently how things like this play out.

Why can't a true non-profit organization, funded by donations, be formed? I mean, 700K is great and all that, but if some old fart croaks and wants to will a chunk of cash to the arts, there aren't a lot of options available.

If one out of six people in Kansas put a one dollar bill in a bucket voluntarily once a year, that would amount to more than 700K.

Trust me, I am NOT saying Brownback earned grace points for his move, but good can come of it. It just means that people would have to stand up and back up their words, not just gripe and complain and wait for someone else to fix the problem. Idealistic, I admit, but as best as I can tell, it's still the truth.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 11 months ago

Sam is a dull boy. And he wants everyone else to be just as dull as he is. That way he'll get a Koch brothers secret decoder ring. Sure it's cheap and it's plastic. Anything more and the Bros. might have to sell one of their mansions, or not contribute as much to some hoity toity New York museum so they can get pictures taken with hot babes.

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kansanbygrace 2 years, 11 months ago

This is one of the most ignorant actions I've ever witnessed by an elected official. The guy is pathetic, wrong headed. No integrity, just ambition.

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bluedawg79 2 years, 11 months ago

Let this be a call to everyone who wants local arts programs to continue, please donate/volunteer what you comfortably can. Whether it's $1 or $10,000, an hour of your time or days at a time, every bit helps. It's now up to us to help keep the arts alive in our community!

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 11 months ago

I know what will fix everything! How about a new state logo!?!? State employees are to throw out all unused letterhead, business cards, envelopes, etcetera on July 1 because the new administration has came up with a new state logo! Talk about wasting tax dollars! How much will this debacle cost tax payers? Contact your representatives today and express your support!

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Crazy_Larry 2 years, 11 months ago

I know what will fix everything! How about a new state logo!?!? State employees are to through out all unused letterhead, business cards, envelopes, etcetera on July 1 because the new administration has came up with a new state logo! Talk about wasting tax dollars! How much will this debacle cost tax payers? Contact your representatives today and express your support!

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jackbinkelman 2 years, 11 months ago

Maybe Brownie will put up the money from his personal fortune... no?

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sciencegeek 2 years, 11 months ago

The fundamental point of this administration is to impose it's philosophy by any means necessary. If the citizens or the legislature disagrees with that philosophy, tough. Sam and the Koch brothers know how things should be, and they will have their way.

If you want to end programs, just fire the people who provide them, be it arts, unemployment, education or any state-provided service. And what better way to fix KPERS that to have no one left to collect it? There's a method to the madness, folks!

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

it is really special that Kansas has done so much with taxpayer dollars to further the creation of plastic cups but wants the arts to seek private funds. I sure the hell thought that was suppose to be the other way around! so the goal in American culture is to produce only that which can be buried in a landfill in short order. do we realize how pathetic we are becoming?

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Ray Parker 2 years, 11 months ago

Cut big government and grow freedom, patriots.

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FrameXFrame 2 years, 11 months ago

Save us tax payers money? $0.29 a year per person in the state of Kansas. Way to go Sammy, laying off those people is really the answer. NOT!

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

I'm with you thuja. the ripper is embarrassed by amazingly rapid decline we are in.

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

wonder if Brownback is aware how much the Vatican spends on art. wonder why he feels Kansans throughout the state should be deprived an opportunity they can't find in the crass for profit world. and what kind of art will we have when the money has to be solicited from the people who are the problem in this country?

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thuja 2 years, 11 months ago

Its getting harder and harder to admit I live in this state.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 11 months ago

The action of neoconservative christian fundamentalist party member masquerading as a republican.

His actions confirm my thinking. The republican party as such is dead. This is why my father in law,an active republican, left the party after at least 60 years.

Should the governor be recalled? Absolutely.

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

just amazing the Europeans have managed to fund art so their people don't think lady gaga is high art and still be competing withus economically. Perhaps after killing arts Brownback can rewrite the textbooks so we can be sure we become the most ignorant state in the union.

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

homechanger that is quite funny, last I heard our number one private jobs creator is farming which receives billions in handouts, aerospace which receives billions in tax payer handouts, and now bioscience which is also raking in tax payer dollars. Tell me again how much is spent on the arts? we are becoming a barbaric nation of warriors and nothing else.

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situveux1 2 years, 11 months ago

Good riddance. Maybe instead of the "my way or the highway" attitude arts supporters took they should have worked with Brownback to ensure a smooth transition to a private organization and work to ensure continued federal dollars. Now they'll be left with nothing. It was clear from the beginning Brownback could simply line-item veto their funding and there's clearly not enough support in the House or Senate for an override. Arts supporters have no one to blame but themselves for this outcome.

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Phillbert 2 years, 11 months ago

"Gov. Brownback stands by his budget recommendation..."

Key word: recommendation. The Governor must have missed the part of the constitution that requires budgets to actually pass the Legislature. Though he certainly respected the power of the legislative branch when he was voting for filibuster after filibuster as a senator...

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

And yet there was $15million for the universities to do R&D for the corporations with plenty of money to do their own R&D and how many thousands for new road projects, not just repairs to what we already have.

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question4u 2 years, 11 months ago

This action eliminates jobs, but Brownback claims that his top priority is to create jobs. This action will cut arts programs in underpopulated parts of the state, but Brownback wants to encourage people to move to those areas. Financially this action will result in a net loss for the state, but Brownback claims to be concerned about improving the state's financial outlook.

This makes Brownback look petty, illogical, pigheaded and autocratic. If he doesn't even try to explain the paradoxes he doesn't look very smart either. Does he fail to realize that or does he just not care?

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thtb 2 years, 11 months ago

What an embarrassment to our state.

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Alceste 2 years, 11 months ago

The PEOPLE of Kansas ELECTED this CLOWN BROWNBACK to the job. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. WE are getting EXACTLY what we, essentially, ASKED for.

At least these "art commission" people were all in patronage jobs anyway......they signed up for the game of "who ya know"....now they're findin' out what it is like to NOT KNOW the "right people". shrug

If people actually think "voting" means a rats rear end in Kansas....they need to re-address their thinking.

Let's see....the people of Wisconsin are successfully recalling the vote on over 15 state Senators. Could such a thing happen in KanzAss? Get out of here! hahahahahahahhaa

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/2011/03/multiple-recall-efforts-launched-against-wisconsin-state-senators

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verity 2 years, 11 months ago

Yep, this is Brownback's last job on the public dole. He has just outdone himself. Unfortunately, we will be supporting him financially for the rest of his life. Of course, the Kochs will abandon him as soon as he is of no use to them, but we are stuck with him forever.

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Thunderdome 2 years, 11 months ago

Nice jobs program, Gov. At least the money paid to the Arts Commission employees would have ended up in the real economy. Now it will go to greedy rich people in tax cuts and will be used to buy silk toilet paper and pay for hunting trips to beat baby seals with a club.

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neo_star 2 years, 11 months ago

ah Sam, kiss the White House goodbye, you just alienated a big chunk of the electoral votes with a record like this.

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kugrad 2 years, 11 months ago

So much for representative democracy. Brownback is an uncultured dullard.

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