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Brownback suggests veto if Legislature reinstates funding for Kansas Arts Commission

Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday speaks briefly with reporters about his decision to abolish the Kansas Arts Commission, the state's finances, and his proposals that he said will improve the Kansas economy. His remarks were made after signing 10 bills into law.

May 12, 2011


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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday hinted strongly that he will veto state funding of the Kansas Arts Commission.

A budget deal struck by legislative leaders includes almost $700,000 for the arts commission for the fiscal year starting July 1.

But earlier this week, Brownback gave commission staff notice that their jobs will be terminated next month.

Asked if he will apply a line-item veto to the funding, Brownback said, “That could happen.” But, he said, it was premature to talk about that since the Legislature was still finalizing the budget.

Earlier in the legislative session, Brownback issued an executive order to abolish the commission and replace it with a not-for-profit group to raise funds for the arts.

On Thursday, he spoke in defense of that order. “My effort to do in this to get more money out across the state for arts, but not to consume it by state employees or a bureaucracy,” he said.

The Senate rejected Brownback’s proposal after a storm of protest from arts patrons who said the elimination of the commission would jeopardize $1.2 million in federal funding and grants to numerous arts programs, many in small towns.

Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said he hoped Brownback would not go against the Legislature’s wishes.


mloburgio 6 years ago

Surprise attack in the arts & culture war in Kansas

As he heads into this uphill political battle, Mr. Schwaller is framing his argument in mostly economic terms.

"This move will ultimately impact 4,000 jobs across the state and indirectly another 37,000 jobs in the creative arts economy in Kansas. ... This is about the importance of the arts in innovation and and making the state competitive and in quality of life, particularly in rural areas." It looks like this is where his arts jobs numbers are coming from: Kansas Citizens for the Arts.

Jan Rolls 6 years ago

Where is that first job you created sam? Nobody has seen it yet.

deec 6 years ago

Now be fair. The Repealer is a new job, and I'll be he has at least one staff member.

notanota 6 years ago

He split the secretary of administration job into two full-time jobs at double the salary cost. That's three jobs he's created!

notanota 6 years ago

Dear Brownie, If your objective is to get more money to fund the arts, how about you don't cut the agency that gets federal funding and could already take donations in favor of a private foundation that won't get any federal funds.

signed, Your constituent who apparently is better at math than you.

beatrice 6 years ago

It is very difficult to trust people who advocate for less art in our lives.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

He doesn't want less art in our lives. He doesn't really care if we have any art.

What he's concerned about is making sure that the Koch brothers can donate as much money as they need to to New York art museums and opera companies, as that allows them to get dates with all the hot society babes.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years ago

It'd be one thing if what Brownback proposed had any chance of increasing access to or funding for the arts, and/or created jobs.

But his proposal did the exact opposite. And his latest tantrum in response to members of his own party failing to properly kiss his tush makes the situation even worse.

In many ways, this is comparable to Kobach's grandstanding on the voter id issue. It fixed a problem that wasn't, while in general lowering the overall quality of life in Kansas.

sallyone 6 years ago

Good job Brownback, stand up to the whining lefties who want everything paid for by someone else (ie republicans). Why should I pay for your art?

jafs 6 years ago

Except, of course, that a bunch of Republican legislators decided not to eliminate the commission, based on feedback from their constituents.

But, why let facts get in your way?

question4u 6 years ago

At least no one can believe any longer that Brownback has aspirations to the presidency. His inability to think on a complex level is painfully obvious. Does he believe that his strong-arm tactics over the Arts Commission will give the impression that he is a leader? Pathetic.

mloburgio 6 years ago

pious sams C Street Christian fellowship house roomates just got busted for trying to lie, bribe and give hush money to cover up an affair of one of its own christian senators. Coburn eventually agreed to cooperate with the Ethics Committee; their findings on the level of his involvement are startling. According to the committees report, Coburn actively assisted in the discussions of a hush money package, negotiating a proposed package from $8 million down to $2.8 million. The ethics committee report, on pages 37 to 38, describes the negotiation between Mr. Albregts, an attorney for the husband of Ensign’s mistress, and Sen. Coburn:

the secretive international Christian organization The Family, to charge significantly below market rents to its residents. In recent year, Senators John Ensign (R-NV), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Jim DeMint (R-SC), and Reps. Zach Wamp (R-TN), Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) have all reportedly called C Street home.

jafs 6 years ago

Having already laid off all of the staff, what would happen if the legislature did in fact continue the funding??

And, why does he need to threaten a veto - everybody knows he'll veto the funding since he's already said he would, and laid off all of the staff.

somedude20 6 years ago

Jesus wants you to stop manipulating yourself and stop jerkin the public around, bub. Like I said yesterday, Kansas is going down hill faster than Chaz Bono can devour a Hardee's Thickburger

Incredible 6 years ago

It would be nice if people could make their points without making derogatory comments about others. Comments like that do nothing to give your point any credibility. They make you look just as foolish as the governor. Oops, I'm sorry -- I just did the very thing I criticized you of doing. My bad.

somedude20 6 years ago

Jesus wants you to stop manipulating yourself and stop jerkin the public around, bub. Like I said yesterday, Kansas is going down hill faster than Chaz Bono can devour a Hardee's Thickburger

Bill Lee 6 years ago

Why do Kansans continue to vote against their own self-interests? The governor, legislature and Congressional delegation...I can't remember the last Republican who did something positive for Kansas.

theatre_fan 6 years ago

Why is he so opposed to any Arts related activity? Was he not 1st chair in band? Did he not get an A is Art? Is he tone deaf? Did he not get cast in The Music Man?

I think his bone-headed disgust for the arts goes back deeper than any of us can fathom.

It is embarrassing to the State of Kansas to be the onlystate in the Union without an Arts Agency.

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