Archive for Thursday, January 12, 2012

Statehouse Live: Brownback unveils budget; recommends state funding of local SRS office, $200k in arts funding

January 12, 2012


— Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday unveiled his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, and it includes some items of note to Lawrence.

Brownback has recommended $815,182 to fund five local state welfare offices, including the one in Lawrence.

Last year, Brownback had targeted the offices for closure, but in Lawrence and four other towns, local governments approved using local funds to keep the offices open.

Since then, many legislators have complained it isn't fair to force local taxpayers to pay for the overhead of those offices, while other offices are funded by the state.

Brownback's budget also includes no salary increase for state employees.

It includes $3 million for Kansas University for a program aimed at hiring "professors of the highest status internationally."

Brownback also proposes merging the Kansas Arts Commission with the Kansas Film Commission, placing that under the Kansas Department of Commerce and providing $200,000. Last year, Brownback vetoed funding to the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the first state to stop funding the arts. He came under criticism from many quarters for the move.


DrQuack 6 years, 4 months ago

Worst governor in the history of the state. Why don't we just exempt businesses and rich people from paying any taxes. That would allow them to "invest" in our well being to the extent they see fit. Then we can get "trickled down" on.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

I disagree with you. I think Brownback is attempting to improve the business environment in our State and that will open the door for creation of more jobs in the private sector.

Scott Drummond 6 years, 4 months ago

As it has done so successfully in the past 20 years.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 4 months ago

Johnnyreb, everyone pays taxes. Even the unemployed. Sales taxes on food. Excise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Fox news over reports the false claim that poor people don't pay taxes. Try reading a book instead of burning them.

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 4 months ago

How many years has it been since state employees had a raise? Wasn't graves the governor? How much has inflation eroded state employee wages during this time? What affect has that erosion had on the states economy?

RogueThrill 6 years, 4 months ago

This will be the 4th. Although some got minor merit increases given by the student senate (minor, though appreciated) and some got "adjustments" because they were currently being compensated at a level below those of new hires.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 4 months ago

Maybe if you spent as much time trying to do something to better yourself, instead of complaining you would get a raise.

It is not the taxpayers fault you chose or continue to choose the wrong path in life.

question4u 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow! Are you a real human being or a caricature? Your post implodes spectacularly.

By the way, "Cant" without the apostrophe is a great self-inflicted wound. Look it up.

Ragingbear 6 years, 4 months ago

Poor people do. And the amount they pay is a much higher percentage of their income than the wealthy. Sales Tax, Property Tax and tons of Government "fees" that are actually taxes are just to name a few.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 4 months ago

So what. Why should a competent performer pay for success by paying the bills for someone who chooses a path of destruction?

Many of the working poor have a six pack every night and a bag of weed on payday. Successful people generally are focused on success vs failure.

Ragingbear 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree Vertigo. Both Ways apparently has no idea what it is like to be on any sort of welfare. He would then understand that those who use it legitimately rarely drink or even have all the amenities that people like him take for granted. Heck, I know people who have to go half their winter freezing just to have a phone.

And who is going to hire them, him?

pegicorn 6 years, 4 months ago

Well isn't that special that life has handed you a good living. I know of my EDUCATED folks that can't seem to find a job that should pay them what they know or a job at all.

Also nice job of grouping folks that are poor. I have worked for the state for 10 years. I realize that you will condemn me for working at the state and I am consider to be in the poverty level. I do not drink beer at all nor anything else with alcohol nor do I do drugs. What you showed me is your ignorance.

If you ever need help, lord knows you would probably be the first in line for a hand out. Hope your health or finance stays intact if not then you will care.

They do say ignorance is bliss, you must be a smiling fool.

jayhawklawrence 6 years, 4 months ago

If people had not become active and complained about the SRS closures, nothing would have changed.

It shows the importance of citizen involvement as the only way to keep politicians from being stupid.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Liberals should focus on what will truly help the poor--good jobs--which will be created in the private sector. Allow free enterprise to operate without all of the excessive government and you will see the poor beginning to be employed and lifted out of poverty. Socialism and big-government tend to create more poverty by eliminating opportunity.

geekin_topekan 6 years, 4 months ago

"Allow free enterprise to operate without all of the excessive government " ++++ I think that's what we saw when Boeing blew out of Kansas wasn't it? Or was that excessive gubment to which they blew? The fact that abandoned Kansas regardless of gubment influence would indicate that gubment is not the cause no matter how you look at it.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

maybe the fact that Kansas is such a high tax state didn't help?

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps we can find work for people on your plantation or at your debtors prison...

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

I think this is revisionist history... Boeing has complied with all environmental laws in the Wichita area...why not admit that attacking business and free enterprise is no way to create or bring jobs and opportuinity.

jafs 6 years, 4 months ago

What Republican proposals are equivalent to teaching somebody to fish?

Does telling someone to "get a job" do that?

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Well I guess you need to talk to Democrat President Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA about that don't you? Blaming this issue on Republicans in not appropriate--in fact--the blame can be spred to both sides of the aisle! We do in fact need to get back to policies that make free trade truly "fair". But creeping socialism like being practiced by Obama will lead us to an even faster destruction. We need to get big-government out of the way and allow the private-sector to create jobs!

jafs 6 years, 4 months ago

So public education is teaching people to fish?

Then why are so many Republicans trying to de-fund our public education system?

I don't recall you advocating for public education.

Any other ways in which you'd teach people to fish?

Ragingbear 6 years, 4 months ago

Until the local corporations take all the fish from the water, dump pollutants into it, and charge you $5 for a fish you used to get for free.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Free enterprise and capitalism has produced more jobs and economic upward mobility than any other system in the history of mankind. We need to open the door for freedom and allow business to expand in the context of the judio-Christina moral code that will control excesses by creating a virtuous citizenry.

jafs 6 years, 4 months ago


I especially like the "judio-Christina" moral code.

plainspeaking 6 years, 4 months ago

Really enjoying the conservative comments - it's great to read posts that are unencumbered by the thought process.

If the governor proposes $200,000 for the "arts" - and $110,000 of that pays for the Film Commission staff - isn't he really offering only $90,000?

Enlightenment 6 years, 4 months ago

If Sam wants to revise the State's tax system, he should simply eliminate all deductions and set up a "true" flat rate tax in which all individuals pay the same percentage of their income toward taxes. The flat rate will be much more equitable to both poor and rich, and the supposed penalty of a higher tax bracket for the wealthy will be eliminated. Just remember, the key is to eliminate deductions.

Sunny Parker 6 years, 4 months ago

You liberals will never be satisfied! You cried and cried when the 'arts' money was taken away, now Browny is getting rid of tax deductions on home mortgages to pay for your stupid art, you still complain!

Those of us who work instead of calling ourselves 'artist' as a reason NOTto work are not happy about the deduction reduction!

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