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Democrats criticize Brownback over comments made in national radio address

April 8, 2013


— Democratic leaders on Monday criticized Gov. Sam Brownback for telling a national audience that the Kansas budget went from deficit to surplus without a tax increase or cuts to school funding.

"These statements are just blatantly wrong," said House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence.

Davis said when he read the prepared text of Brownback's Saturday radio address, "I sort of had to wonder if Sam Brownback has his head in the clouds."

Brownback delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama's weekly radio address.

In the speech, Brownback said Washington, D.C., was broke and should follow the examples of economic changes brought about in states, such as Kansas, led by Republican governors.

Brownback said, “The year I became governor, the state began the fiscal year with just $876.05 in the bank — less than $1,000 and it projected a $500 million deficit. Two years later we had a $500 million ending balance — and did it without tax increases.

“Now to make that financial turnaround a reality, we didn’t cut state funding to schools, we didn’t cut state funding for our universities and colleges, we didn’t cut state funding for our Medicaid system, we didn’t cut state funding for our prisons," he said.

Davis said the turnaround happened because of two reasons: Brownback benefited by the one-cent state sales tax increase that was approved before he became governor, and he cut funding to public education "by the largest amount in the state's history." In 2011, Brownback and Republicans in the Legislature cut $232 per pupil in base state aid.

Brownback's office said that even with the increase in the state sales tax, the state still faced a projected $500 million because of the end of federal stimulus funding.


Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Time to cut off GOP stonewalling and get on with new jobs,industry and new economic growth.

Social Security does not add to the debt and the USA has 20 years to make adjustments. Why is the GOP stonewalling?

--- Killing Social Security Insurance Is Not An Option.

--- SSI Not Going Broke

--- Killing Medicare Insurance is simply not an option.

--- INSTEAD we improve medicare insurance to reduce the cost of government substantially. Physicians for a National Health Program

President Obama and the Democrats have many more options in which to bring this economy around and put the GOP stonewalling out of business.

First off Uncle Sam needs to employ as many workers as necessary to rehab our nations federal highways and bridges that are 70 years old. Even if millions of workers are required.

Second the president should fill all the regulation enforcement vacancies that guard our food,pharmaceuticals,home loans and insurance industries. Fill the IRS vacancies as well.

We do this Robin Hood tax

Let’s use 10 easy ways to fund what we need to do.

Time to put stonewalling out of business.


Richard Heckler 1 year ago

I am for IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL absolutely!!! Physicians for a National Health Program

Make IMPROVED Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL available to all taxpayers as one of our choices.

Leave existing insurance on the table for those who enjoy spending large sums of money for medical insurance. What could possibly be more American?

I want my tax dollars spent on a useful endeavor not on: 1. insurance over charges 2. or obscene CEO salaries 3. or golden parachutes 4. or shareholders 5. or special interest campaign funding!!! 6. or corporate jet planes

It is time for my tax dollars to support Medicare Single Payer Insurance a fiscally prudent insurance program. Using the Medicare template = not reinventing the wheel = expanding on a proven concept.

Repubs have never offered a comparable concept.

Listening to politicians on this issue is a dangerous route to accept. Listening to CEO's and lobbyists from the insurance industry is equally as dangerous as this is the source for misinformation coming from politicians.


Richard Heckler 1 year ago

There has never been a political solution to the astronomical rising costs of medical insurance.

Special Interest Campaign Expenses to several hundred congress people is damned expensive.

8 lobbyists per elected official is damned expensive.

Political convention expenses are damned expensive.

$73 million $$$$ retirement bonus packages are damned expensive.

Advertising is damned expensive.

2,000 insurance CEO's are damned expensive.

Share holders are damned expensive and demand money.

Money laundering $1.4 million healthcare $$$$ a day through the Chamber of commerce to defeat practical Medicare Single Payer Insurance is absurd.

Keeping insurance employees on congressional staff is damned expensive.

Insuring government people at 1.4 trillion tax $$$$ annually is enough to cover all people in America under Medicare Single Payer Insurance.

The medical insurance industry is damned expensive all on it's own mismanagement and bloated bureaucracy!

Not one of the above items has anything to do with actually providing health care because the medical insurance industry does not provide health care.


Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Many parents are happy with Obamacare because they can keep their college age kids insured till age 26.

Medical insurance has been increasing annually in the double digits for years beyond any cola for years and years long before Obamacare was around. The medical insurance industry does not necessarily need to increase rates ...... it's only because the industry wants to increase rates.

One much ask oneself how much is the sick health insurance system costing YOU?


IKU57 1 year ago

It's going to be hard for states to improve their fiscal books now that Sebelius has said Obamacare is going to increase insurance premiums, and be over all, extremely more expensive than proponents of the monstrosity thought.....guess they read the thousands of pages of regulations.

Good luck Brownback.

Sebelius Reveals Administration’s Flawed ObamaCare Concept of Insurance

It’s well established by this point that ObamaCare’s full implementation in 2014 will cause premiums to increase significantly. This cold fact draws a sharp contrast to President Obama’s campaign promise that he would cut the average family’s premium by about $2,500 per year, and Nancy Pelosi’s 2012 pledge that under ObamaCare “everybody will have lower rates.” The Obama administration is now searching for talking points to explain these failures as the looming realities of 2014 begin to confront the administration’s prior platitudes.

Is she, Obama, Pelosi, Reid of sound mind forcing this irrational law down Americans throats? Brownback and other Governors have their work cut out to save their fiscal books.


Richard Heckler 1 year ago

Is Sam Brownback of sound mind? His eyes and smile appear as though they are impacted by pharmaceuticals. And he delivers lies in such a relaxed fashion.

Has Sam Brownback been lying for a long time say since maybe about 11 years old? It sure seems to come easy.


Liberal 1 year ago

What I am seeing in the budget is a $40 Million Dollar increase for schools... Not sure what cuts you are talking about.


consumer1 1 year ago

Citizen one, I agree with you. Unfortunately I have become jaded in my post. In the early days I actually tried to make honest un-biased not so sarcastic type of statements. But, it didn't take long before I realized, if you say the sky is blue at noon, someone would argue with you and call you names. So, I decided to be just as nasty in my responses. I guess I allowed them to get to me.


citizen1 1 year ago

I get really tired of all of the criticism flying both ways. Nothing, but nothing is accomplished if all one does is criticize the person they disagree with. All this accomplishes is making the interaction "personal" in a negative sense. The politics of "personal destruction" is not going to win the day in the long term.

The Democrats in Kansas are in a similar situation as the Republicans in Washington.

It is time both sides put their nose to the grind stone and accomplish something for the citizens of Kansas &, in the case of Washington, the citizens of the USA.

In the case of Kansas I have never heard the leadership compliment anyone except members of their own parties.

There is a truism when one is trying to enlist someone else's cooperation: "A person needs to believe that someone will work with them before they will listen to that someone". It is time for the political leadership on both sides to heed that advice.

It might be helpful if those commenting to do the same.


consumer1 1 year ago

Democrats criticize Brownback for breathing. Paul Davis is a Wus. Mickey Mouse has more credibility.


lawrenceloser 1 year ago

The guy is mentally insane. Needs to be committed to a state hospital of his choice.


autie 1 year ago

This could be a little fuzzy Sam but you say you increased the bottom line, didn't cut any programs and reduced the tax base. OK, I got it, it is simple business 101..Reduce incomes then leave expense the same equals increased profits. Got it.


Paul R Getto 1 year ago

Sam Brownback and facts

Also: (His last "run.")

This is all about SB saving America in 2016.


Tradways 1 year ago

How can you trust any numbers Brownshirt uses, he was only 2 billion dollars off when bragging about how much he saved the state last year. If he could he and Rep Peck would shot the middle class and the poor like ferral hogs.


angelus 1 year ago

There has not been any drop in state funding to schools in either total dollars or dollars per pupil since Brownback has been in office. Here is a summary chart of the spending:

Don't believe that? No problem. Feel free to add the numbers up your self:

I added the numbers since 2010 and the only discrepancy is total state aid for 2010-2011 was off by $4 - 2,961,769.731 instead of 2,961,769.735.


Dave Trabert 1 year ago

I would like to see Rep. Davis' math on claiming that the a reduction of $232 per pupil was the largest in the state's history. For the record, that $232 reduction occurred over two years; it dropped by $75 in 2010-11 and by $157 in 2011-12. Base State Aid Per Pupil was reduced by $388 per pupil in 2009-10 under Gov. Parkinson. The base was reduced from $4400 to $4012.

Of course, BSAPP is only about a third of the money schools receive from taxpayers. Measuring against total taxpayer support, the largest decline was also in 2009-10 when total aid fell by 1.4% from $5.667 billion to $5.590 billion. Last year set a new record $5.771 billion and KSDE says 2013 will be another record-setting year at $5.816 billion or $12,738 per-pupil.

All data mentioned here was provided by KSDE.


Bob_Keeshan 1 year ago

And this year, the budget deficit is projected to be $300 million. And to bridge that $300 million deficit, the governor has proposed a sales tax increase of over $250 million.

Wait, that wasn't in Il Marrone's speech? Apparently the history of his time as governor started in January 2012 and ended last July...

The state's fiscal house is in order in the way houses on TLC shows are in order.


IKU57 1 year ago

It's good to see a state get it's fiscal house in order. It would be good if the federal government did the same.


Milton Bland 1 year ago

The left wing hater/democrats have about as low opinion of our governor as I I have of our president. But I must admit, neither have a clue about how to be a leader.


question4u 1 year ago

"'...we didn’t cut state funding to schools...'"

"In 2011, Brownback and Republicans in the Legislature cut $232 per pupil in base state aid."

There is everything that you need to know about Flim-Flam Sam and Kansas Backwards Land.

Ad astra per falsidicus


western_kansas_girl 1 year ago

The Kansas City Star had an excellent editorial on this.

  1. Brownback was able to keep Kansas afloat only because of his predecessor - a Democrat. The sales tax Parkinson implemented was the key to the state's fiscal health. Brownback knows this: that's why he's fighting to hard to keep it in place. I hope his party rebels and Brownback has to deal with the fallout.

  2. Brownback has cut money from schools - according to the Star - over $100 million to elementary and secondary education.

But Brownback has never cared about facts. People of Kansas need to call him on this & elect someone else in 2014.


xyz 1 year ago

Davis said when he read the prepared text of Brownback's Saturday radio address, "I sort of had to wonder if Sam Brownback has his head in the clouds."

Head in the clouds???? You are TOO kind, Paul!!!


UneasyRider 1 year ago

He did a very good job of reading exactly the memo the Koch's sent. Facts don't matter, after all his supporters do not believe in facts, only what the Koch's or Fox news say.


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