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Statehouse Live: Brownback administration directs state agencies to propose 10 percent cuts

August 16, 2012

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— Gov. Sam Brownback, who recently signed into law massive tax cuts, has directed state agencies to propose cuts in their budgets of 10 percent, according to a letter obtained Thursday by the Lawrence Journal-World. His office said agencies should prepare for possible economic problems "that are beyond our control."

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said Brownback's directive shows that the Republican governor "intends to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations at the expense of seniors, the disabled and public safety."

Davis added, "Gov. Brownback’s `Road map for Kansas' is already steering our state into the ditch, and the consequences of his failed priorities have only just begun."

In past statements, Brownback has promised to protect education, Medicaid and public safety funding.

His spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said Thursday, "However, there are things agencies can do to reduce costs and streamline their offices without impacting services. The governor has asked state agencies to prepare contingency budget plans should something happen to the country and world economies that are beyond our control."

State agencies are in the process of formulating spending plans for fiscal year 2014, which starts July 1, 2013.

The agency budget proposals are submitted to Brownback for review before Brownback releases his budget plan to the Legislature in January. Any final budget would have to be approved by the Legislature and governor.

Brownback's Budget Director Steve Anderson directed agencies propose the cuts.

"As you are likely aware, the FY 2014 budget will require prioritization of programs, consolidation of resources and consideration of alternatives to current organizational structures, funding streams and outdated ways of doing business," Anderson wrote in a letter to agencies.

He added, "These reductions should be thoughtful efforts at conserving state funds and not simply repeating old proposals that are not practical."

Anderson directs the agencies to provide a reduced resource package of 10 percent.

Anderson also said no salary increases should part of the budget proposals, and that the administration is preparing for "dramatic reductions" in tobacco settlement monies, which fund several children's programs.

Brownback pushed through tax cuts during the last legislative session that will reduce state income tax rates and exempt the owners of 191,000 businesses from paying income taxes on non-wage income.

Democrats and some Republicans have said the tax cuts will benefit mostly the wealthy, are too large and will force cuts in state funding of schools, social services and public safety.

Under the cuts, tax revenue is projected to decline $4.5 billion over the next six years. The state budget totals about $6.2 billion in state revenue annually and sustained significant cuts during the recession.

The Legislature’s research staff forecast that the tax cuts would lead to a budget shortfall within a couple of years that could grow to a range of $2.5 billion to $3 billion in 2018.

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Sadiejane 1 year, 8 months ago

So, I wonder if the DCF ten percent cut will affect the central office staff that were hired by Sam as favors for supporting his religious campaign/agenda. Hmm, like maybe Anna Pilato...who was hired as Director of Faith Based Initiatives by Siedlecki, who also happened to be her boyfriend at the time (allegedly) . . . when he left in December (rumors are he found another woman to share his "family values" with), she stayed behind. They changed her title, though I'm pretty sure her salary is the same at almost $100,000 a year.

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headdoctor 1 year, 8 months ago

Marxist and Marxism must be the new Republican buzz words. I have even seen it on bumper stickers slamming Obama. I wonder who they hired to spell it for them. To bad they didn't bother to learn what it means before they started using it in a sentence.

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sciencegeek 1 year, 8 months ago

"Beyond our control"? The reduction in the tobacco settlement isn't a surprise. What happens in our country or other economies was no concern when they were making their projections to justify massive tax cuts. And that tax cut bill wasn't signed by Casper the Ghost. And all these potential problems just happened to be discovered within days of being handed total control --and total responsibility for -- what happens to the state in the next few years.

Yeah, right. And I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell ya.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

We should have a nice fire sale on all the empty homes from people vacating the state. The fallout from this stupidity is going to be far reaching and long lasting. Hopefully this is the final nail in the coffin of Art Laffer, AFP, the Kochs and trickle down voodoo economics. It's sad that so many people will have to suffer through this experiment.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

Tax cuts just don't provide the jobs you think. And for sure not right away. High taxes is not the answer either. What saved to state was the 1% sales tax that's going away, a plan a moderate Democratic governor got moderate Republicans to vote for. Both sides working together for the good of all Kansans, what an odd idea!

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verity 1 year, 8 months ago

The election isn't over yet. Get out the vote in November.

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Biker 1 year, 8 months ago

Gov't needs to live with in our means, otherwise the taxpayers become a slave to the government. Social justice and equality is just one of the many masks of tyranny. The smaller the government, the freer the people. I support a society of free citizens.

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average 1 year, 8 months ago

"Beyond our control" == "Our penciled-in projections of 6% growth forever somehow don't come true in a nation (and world) that's only growing at ~1.5%". I mean, who could have forseen that?

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

Government peeps are a 'drag' on sovereign people by 'sucking' their individual productivity dry. Like a 'fungus' on the mighty oak.

Walk into any government complex and see for yourself. Cubbies of g-peeps lounging around 'acting' like they are doing something 'productive' for mankind. All they do is 'take' your money or 'regulate' your ability to feed your family.

Sam What data led you to that number. Agreed. 10% reduction is a laugh.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 8 months ago

His office said agencies should prepare for possible economic problems "that are beyond our control."

Beyond their control? So who are they going to blame for this financial disaster? Beyond their control? What a jerk. It's all your fault, and we are not going to let you or the people of Kansas forget it. Where are all the jobs that are going to come in and pay for your tax cuts to the wealthy? When are these people going to start creating jobs? Oh right, they really aren't, and you, Brownback are a liar.

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yourworstnightmare 1 year, 8 months ago

Brownback cuts taxes on business and the wealthy and hen makes state agencies, which employ middle class folks, to propose a 10% cut. Nice.

Redistributionist crony capitalism.

Why 10%, Sam What data led you to that number.

Oh, I forgot. The answer is "Because I said so".

Sam the command economist. China could not have done it better.

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Countryfied12 1 year, 8 months ago

Brownback hosed the state again this week with Kdot running at 60% staff, lets lay off 40 more people and to boot hire more consultants, spend money like the state has it, again another reason why I cant wait to see the elections when he gets booted. He needs to cut his staff not hire more top end people to drive us deeper into debt. Just so everyone knows that would be 40 more jobs he LOST this week not gained.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

The Sam Brownback long term agenda was not visible during his campaign for governor which of course will not be friendly to ton of republicans and of course democrats.

The Sam Brownback long term agenda can be found at:

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/11603/publicopoly_exposed/

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/8/5/secretive_corporate_legislative_group_alec_holds

http://www.justice.org/cps/rde//justice/hs.xsl/15044.htm

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bobberboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Don't feel so bad - he's giving out cookies tomorrow - yum !!

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

This is a perfect example of how rt wing Libertarians are simply the worst managers of tax dollars and managing government.

What Sam Brownback is doing is what this party has been doing since coming to power in Kansas. They are preparing to insure that government agencies cannot accomplish their work by slowly but surely defunding. Then we will hear that government cannot take care of business.

Democrats and republicans need to come together in November to vote out republican new faces and vote in new democrats. This governor is preparing to sell off Kansas government to a campaign contributors as is conforming to Libertarian economic policy. Corporate campaign contributors are waiting for OUR tax dollars which of course will not save money but will please campaign contributors.

Sam Brownback and Grover Norquist have been wanting to implement TABOR for years no matter that it is as much a failure as Reagan's supply side economics.

Meet TABOR the ultimate destruction of state government: http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

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Keith Richards 1 year, 8 months ago

When will people realize that supply side economics does not work. We have the lowest federal tax rates we have almost ever had, enacted in 2001 and 2003. Where are all the jobs that 11 years of tax cuts were supposed to produce?

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4getabouit 1 year, 8 months ago

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4getabouit 1 year, 8 months ago

It's a free country "WristTwister." For now at least. Go put on your Brownie suit raise your arm.

"Seig Heil Mein Fuhrer Brownback."

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WristTwister 1 year, 8 months ago

Condemnation of Brownback and emotional hyperbole seems to be all that the left offers on this website. Much like the negative, hateful rhetoric being spewed by President Obama's acolytes, the local contingent of wealth re-distributors offers very little in the way of quality discussion. Opting rather, for name calling and denigration of anything, or anyone, to the right of Karl Marx. Has the University of Kansas and Lawrence become an experiment for Socialist/Marxist Re-education? If this web site is a fair representation of the political leanings of the general populaton in Lawrence, then the answer may be in the affirmative.

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jafs 1 year, 8 months ago

The big problem for me is that many on the left can never seem to find waste to cut in government spending, while the right wants to cut way too much, and cut into valuable services.

Anybody out there who really wants to determine waste, and cut that without affecting services?

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JackMcKee 1 year, 8 months ago

Brownback is giving up so soon on his fantasy of businesses rushing into Kansas due to his farcical tax cut. Obviously this was his plan from the beginning. This is his model for the Nation. Yikes.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 8 months ago

Don't mess with the Children's Initiatives Fund.

Some of those programs are subject to federal regulations that would result in financial penalties for the state if they were reduced.

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Patricia Davis 1 year, 8 months ago

Time for all moderates, independents and democrats to vote democrat in fall election to take the senate. The best we can hope for is gridlock until we can get rid of Brownback.

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autie 1 year, 8 months ago

It is sad that some people paint with such a broad brush of ignorance. The oligarchy is only beginning to embarass us further.

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question4u 1 year, 8 months ago

So, there will be "'dramatic reductions' in tobacco settlement monies, which fund several children's programs" on top of 10% across-the-board reductions.

Children will just need to keep a stiff upper lip, since the people of Kansas have decided that it's more important to give tax breaks to the wealthy than to protect the health of children or look out for their education. The stink of Brownback ethics has become the stink of Kansas ethics. It clings to the bodies of people across the state, and it rises to high heaven. The idea that Kansas is a "Christian" state is laughable. Spitting on the Bible would be less of an affront to Jesus than the attitudes that the self-righteous hypocrites of Kansas have toward the sick and the poor.

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cowboy 1 year, 8 months ago

Brownbacks lies are seeing daylight very quickly. Cut taxes and the increased revenue will more than make up for the giveaways. New jobs and businesses will flock to Kansas. We'll be swimming in revenue.

Well oops aw crap , that ain't happeniing. Lets start cutting state budgets.

This whole thing is a completely dishonest attempt to starve the state coffers which is a well documented right wing strategy.

@heblowsalot

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oldbaldguy 1 year, 8 months ago

the state constitution requires a no deficiency budget. the only way to do that is make cuts once the taxes stop coming in.

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grammaddy 1 year, 8 months ago

Let's start with Cedar Crest.Cut the budget in that mansion by 10%. Let Brownback eat rice and beans once a week.Have his wife take on 10% of the cooking cleaning and general maintenance of that place. And make our dear Governor mow his own lawn.

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 8 months ago

For all you posters rah-rahing about putting people out of work, you know, at one time KDOT was considered one of the top transportation agencies in the nation. Deb Miller saw what was coming after BBack was elected and got the hell out of here. This current slide into mediocrity and ineffectiveness is not something to be cheering on.

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John Sheppard 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe the Govner should lead the charge. Maybe he and the Lt gov. should take a 10% pay cut. Eliminate use of the state plane. Heres an idea. Maybe he should pay rent on the gov. mansion and pay his own utilities.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 8 months ago

I approve of this. He could cut 50% and it still wouldn't be enough for me. Go Gov Go.

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SageonPage 1 year, 8 months ago

Let the wailing and moaning begin...as usual, socialists never know when to say when. I wonder how many of the whiners ever balance their checkbook, live without credit cards or actually give to the poor in their town. It always has to be someone Else's money that they get generous with. Let's be adult and live within our means, and let's support capitalism and stop feeding the socialist dream.

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Shane Garrett 1 year, 8 months ago

Brownbacker reams state agencies again. So give that guy on the street corner an extra dime, cause he will have no were to go and will be off his meds again.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 8 months ago

10%....pffffst.. that's nothing. Government peeps need to cut 25%.

Their 'frittering' away other people's money has got to stop.

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KansasLiberal 1 year, 8 months ago

"Democrats and some Republicans have said the tax cuts are too large and will force cuts in state funding of schools, social services and public safety."

Hmmm....apparently the Democrats and some republicans were right.

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somebodynew 1 year, 8 months ago

Hey here is an idea - how about ALL State agencies reduce by 10%. That starts with the Governor and HIS staff, and the Legislature and THEIR staff. They could start with just 10% pay reduction.

Oh, yeah, they are excempt from all this - they will just find more money to spend on their "money pit" - the Capitol Building. Always money for it, just nothing else.

Larrytown - but we do have a strong government. Whatever the Gov wants he gets, how much stronger than that can it be?? He/they just don't care about us regular folks.

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Larrytown 1 year, 8 months ago

Sad state of affairs here in the State of Kansas.

Food for thought....the best (i.e. highest quality of living standards) countries in the world have a combination of a strong private sector and strong government. Kansas is certainly heading in the opposite direction on the latter.

I'm going under the assumption that this is just the beginning....given the massive revenue drops in the upcoming years.

Folks...your on your own (that means filling the potholes on I-70, taking turns educating the kids at the public schools, helping police the streets, etc..). Obviously, I'm getting a little carried away...but you get the point.

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