Archive for Friday, September 16, 2011

Kansas Democrats blame governor’s policies for uptick in unemployment

September 16, 2011


— Kansas Democrats on Friday pounced on a new unemployment report showing that the state’s jobless rate increased for the first time in more than two years, saying it showed Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, was on the wrong policy path.

Brownback, however, says the state’s finances are getting better and that private sector jobs are growing, even as public sector jobs decreased.

“The economy in the state has been improving, but not enough,” he said recently.

The Kansas unemployment rate rose to 6.9 percent, up from 6.8 percent in July. The seasonally adjusted rate of 6.7 percent was up from 6.5 percent in July. The increase represented the first time the jobless rate went up since July 2009.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence said Brownback and the Republican-dominated Legislature have focused too much attention on abortion, regulating strip clubs and other social issues instead of focusing on the economy.

“Gov. Brownback and the Republican Legislature have complete control over every facet of state government,” Davis said. “This is what happens when our governor and Republican Legislature make divisive social issues their top priority,” he said.

Hensley said Brownback promised to make improving the economy his top priority.

“We now know his rhetoric doesn’t match his record,” Hensley said.

“These unemployment numbers show that job creation isn’t even close to being his first priority. Instead, he spent his first session laying off teachers, state employees, and abolishing 4,600 art-supported jobs, all while promoting an extreme social agenda that does nothing to improve our state’s economy.”

Brownback cut base state aid per pupil and reduced payroll, saying that tough budget decisions were needed to close a projected $500 million revenue shortfall. He vetoed funding for the arts, saying that wasn’t a core function of government and private donations would step in and fill the void.

Despite the higher unemployment rate, Brownback has been touting the creation of private sector jobs in Kansas. And Brownback has said he will push for lowering income taxes in the next legislative session, a move he believes will attract more business and industry.

His office put out a news release saying that since taking office, Kansas has added 13,000 private sector jobs and turned a budget deficit into a $100 million surplus.

Tyler Tenbrink, a labor economist with the Kansas Department of Labor, however, said, “Overall there has been no noticeable improvement in the Kansas labor market since April.”


beatrice 6 years, 7 months ago

So who do you blame for what is happening under a Republican legislature and a Republican governor in a single state? Why doesn't Kansas have jobs creation like Texas? Could it be that Kansas doesn't have the same natural resources of Texas, or that Kansas isn't willing to go $27 billion in debt to create jobs?

I know, it is all Obama's fault, right?

Jan Rolls 6 years, 7 months ago

At least his own people tell the truth because their job is to gather information and report it to the federal government. Maybe that's why sam the sham and his buddy perry want to do away with regulations so they can lie.

Jimo 6 years, 7 months ago

You mean that "laying off teachers, state employees, and abolishing 4,600 art-supported jobs" increases unemployment? Who knew?

chootspa 6 years, 7 months ago

Silly Jimo, those weren't "real" jobs.

Alceste 6 years, 7 months ago

Tyler Tenbrink is gonna get into trouble!!

WilburNether 6 years, 7 months ago

So, Paul and Tony, if a slight uptick in unemployment in Kansas is our Governor's fault, then whose fault is it that national unemployment remains above 9%? Hmmm?

Funny, I didn't hear a peep from those two hypocrites about Barack Hussein Obama.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 7 months ago

Which kansas policies and actions were influenced by Obama?

voevoda 6 years, 7 months ago

Seems to me that Brownback and his administration gave back $31 million dollars of Federal money that would have paid for a whole lot of jobs in Kansas to help Kansans find affordable and suitable health insurance. Then it spent contracted to spend tens of thousands of money to pay a Texas company to do the same thing. So amazingly, the Brownback administration managed to lose the same jobs twice.

Stuart Sweeney 6 years, 7 months ago

We could add a lot of jobs with a recall of King Sam! It would take alot of people to straigthen out the mess this clown has made of the state.

8ball 6 years, 7 months ago

its always a blame game from either democrats or republicans,but in the end, "WE THE PEOPLE" are the ones who suffer!

mloburgio 6 years, 7 months ago

That wasn't the only grant they missed out on. Kansas not pursuing federal prevention dollars

Major federal initiative will bypass Kansas because no one applied for grant The federal government is poised to start spending $900 million nationwide over the next five years in an effort to battle costly chronic ailments such as obesity and diabetes.

The initiative is considered the single largest push to date by the national government to encourage disease prevention. But Kansas likely won’t see a dollar of that money.

Why not? Well, one big reason is that no one here asked.

The July 15 deadline for submitting applications for the so-called Community Transformation Grants has come and gone.

KS 6 years, 7 months ago

The Dems are right on this one. Hang on to your booties because it is going to get worse before it gets better. When you don't have any money, you have to cut something. There are more layoffs to come. Now, having said that, if you want to raise taxes, there will be money available to pay for these unncessary folks on the payroll.

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