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Statehouse Live: Brownback’s budget calls for no increase next year in school funding; abolishing mortgage interest tax deduction

January 16, 2013


— Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal was released today, and a first glance shows no increase in base state aid per pupil for public school students in the next fiscal year, which starts July 1. A three-judge panel has ordered a significant increase, ruling the state has shirked its constitutional duty to adequately fund schools.

Gov. Sam Brownback's Budget Director Steve Anderson speaks with Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, and state Rep. Amanda Grosserode, R-Lenexa, before Anderson's presentation on the governor's budget proposal.

Gov. Sam Brownback's Budget Director Steve Anderson speaks with Dave Trabert, president of the Kansas Policy Institute, and state Rep. Amanda Grosserode, R-Lenexa, before Anderson's presentation on the governor's budget proposal.

Related document

Governor's budget overview ( .PDF )

The current level is $3,838 in base state aid per student. The governor's plan would maintain that level in the next school year, and then increase it to $3,852 in the 2014-15 school year. The court panel said the level should be $4,492, which would require a $440 million increase.

Brownback also calls for abolishing the mortgage interest tax deduction in his budget proposal.

The budget recommendation also includes $35 million in bonding authority and $10 million in state tax dollars for a medical education building at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

More details to come.


dave175 1 year, 3 months ago

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

His income tax cut/tax cuts = a state wide tax increase = local taxes need to increase in order to make up the loss.

Hundreds of state legislators from all 50 states have gathered in New Orleans for the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC.

Critics say the Washington-based organization plays a key role in helping corporations secretly draft model pro-business legislation that has been used by state lawmakers across the country.

Unlike many other organizations, ALEC’s membership includes both state lawmakers and corporate executives who gather behind closed doors to discuss and vote on model legislation.

In recent months, ALEC has come under increasing scrutiny for its role in drafting bills to: attack workers’ rights roll back environmental regulations privatize education funded with our tax dollars deregulate major industries * passing voter ID laws.

Nonetheless, this year’s annual ALEC meeting boasts the largest attendance in five years, with nearly 2,000 guests in attendance. Center for Media and Democracy organization released 800 model bills approved by companies and lawmakers at recent ALEC meetings.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Publicopoly Exposed

How ALEC, the Koch brothers and their corporate allies plan to privatize government.

ALEC nuts and bolts

ALEC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that in recent years has reported about $6.5 million in annual revenue. ALEC’s members include corporations, trade associations, think tanks and nearly a third (about 2,000) of the nation’s state legislators (virtually all Republican). According to the group’s promotional material, ALEC’s mission is to “advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.”

ALEC currently claims more than 250 corporations and special interest groups as private sector members. While the organization refuses to make a complete list of these private members available to the public, some known members include:

  • Wal-Mart
  • Exxon Mobil
  • the Corrections Corporation of America
  • AT&T
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Comcast
  • Verizon
  • Phillip Morris International
  • Koch Industries
  • along with a host of right-wing think tanks and foundations.

ALEC is composed of nine task forces–(1) Public Safety and Elections, (2) Civil Justice, (3) Education, (4) Energy, Environment and Agriculture, (5) Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development, (6) Telecommunications and Information Technology, (7) Health and Human Services, (8) Tax and Fiscal Policy and (9) International Relations–each comprised of “Public Sector” members (legislators) and “Private Sector” members (corporations and interest groups).

Each of these task forces, which serve as the core of ALEC’s operations, generate model legislation that is then passed on to member lawmakers for introduction in their home assemblies. According to ALEC promotional material, each year member lawmakers introduce an average of 1,000 of these pieces of legislation nationwide, 17 percent of which are enacted. For 2009, ALEC claimed a total of 826 pieces of introduced legislation nationwide, 115 of which were passed into law–slightly below the average at 14 percent. ALEC does not offer its model legislation for public inspection.

ALEC refused to comment on any aspect of the material covered here.

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webmocker 1 year, 3 months ago

Brownback likes to obfuscate.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

"If the court ruling was in effect today, total taxpayer support would increase from $12,738 per pupil to $14,045."

That is a much more fiscal responsible investment than Sam Brownback. Bring it on!


Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

If keeping teachers paid at at sustainable level and above is not a concern ...... that is a concern.

Who on this board slamming the teaching profession wants to work for less money?

Are those slamming the teaching profession voluntarily taking a cut in pay for their efforts?

At best Sam Brownback should be charged with fraud for not revealing his plans during his campaign. For what is going on has been orchestrated backed by long term pre-meditation.

Reckless supply economics is not new and has many years of failing.

So where is the contempt of court charge and a warrant for the arrest of one Governor Sam Brownback? He is as much a criminal as anyone else cited for contempt of court. This breed of republicans believe laws do not apply to them.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 3 months ago

Brownback is obviously at best unethical and at worst criminal. Regular citizens do not get to ignore court orders, they are jailed and charged and convicted of a crime.

So why does this public official still occupy the office in Topeka?

This is what we get whtn the clueless, ignorant, and spineless voters elect these bought and paid for politicans like Brownback, Kobach, Roberts, Moron, Wagel and the rest of the facist regime.


chicago95 1 year, 3 months ago

Eliminating the mortgage interest deduction sounds vaguely reminiscent of the (unacknowleged details of the) Romney/Ryan tax simplification strategy. (Perhaps they both originate from the same source.) Can there be any doubt that Brownback's Kansas proposal is a dry run for national legislative action? Our response may have national impact.


chicago95 1 year, 3 months ago

Eliminating the mortgage interest deduction sounds vaguely reminiscent of the (unacknowleged details of the) Romney/Ryan tax simplification strategy. (Perhaps they both originate from the same source.) Can there be any doubt that Brownback's Kansas proposal is a dry run for national legislative action? Our response may have natiional impact.


Richard Payton 1 year, 3 months ago

This article mentions the base rate per student is currently at $3,838.00 dollars. Factor in federal dollars and 710 talk radio said this morning Kansas City, KS averages around $15,000 per student. Could this be true?


Dave Trabert 1 year, 3 months ago

Governor Brownback’s efforts to eliminate income taxes in Kansas are laudable, but increasing sales taxes in July and eliminating the mortgage deduction are not the ways to do it. Completely eliminating the income tax may require a sales tax increase, but the rate cannot be determined until government stops giving away taxpayer money in the name of economic development and gets spending under control.

We can’t know how much government needs to spend until we look for ways to be more efficient. Spending less is not about cutting service, it’s about providing the same or better service at a better price. The Governor’s budget does so in some places but it should go much further. 31 states are estimated to have spent less per-resident than Kansas in 2012 so we can certainly find ways to be more efficient – especially given that general fund spending has increased 32% since 2005.


btsflk 1 year, 3 months ago

The gov is a cruel and evil man. He is causing more pain and difficulty for those who are already hurting.

He will reap what he sows.

Karma is a bitch.


Norm Jennings 1 year, 3 months ago

All can argue until the proverbial cows come home about progressive/ regressive, conservative/ liberal, democrat/ republican, bigger/ smaller government yada, yada, yada...

if you, or a member of your family, are a part of the staggering housing industry just trying to stay off of your knees, this proposed decrease in mortgage tax deductions should be just the kick in the crotch to put you back on the ground

Thanks Sam! What goes around comes around, and don't worry your Koch-boy buddies are just the types to deliver with gusto when they've decided your usefulness has been exhausted.


WilburM 1 year, 3 months ago

As I understand it, BB does not lower income taxes over the next two years. He just announces that he wants to -- to get on his so-called "glide path" to no income tax. This tactic is not only intellectually dishonest, but it also demonstrates that he can balance the budget without the income tax. Altogether, one more bad joke. On us.


Randall Uhrich 1 year, 3 months ago

Brownback wants to make Kansas just like Texas. Keep cutting education funding, dumbing down the electorate, and keep electing Republicans. It's no coincidence that the only Democratic county in Kansas, Douglas, is also the home of the only decent university in the state.


Lenette Hamm 1 year, 3 months ago

Don't allow funding increases for education. We need more poorly educated people out there who won't be able to afford to buy a house, thus the mortgage interest deduction becomes unnecessary. WTH is this man thinking??? Oh, wait - he isn't. Might as well shoot me and bury me out back now........


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headdoctor 1 year, 3 months ago

Brownback's plan is to grow the economy. His plans to push the middle class and lower income people over the edge who are already running close to the wire should really boost the economy. I guess I never realized that raising the number of bankruptcy filings was a positive sign to the economy. Just another attempt to make Kansas a clone of Florida.

All he and his buddies are accomplishing is teaching and or forcing good people to become crooks. I am now wondering when our great Governor is going to announce our very own Hunger Games for Kansas. After all, he needs to keep all the sectors inline so the upper class can have their wonderful existence.


Enlightenment 1 year, 3 months ago

Such a sad existing in this state when the governor is feeding the rich and starving the middle and low income people. The Right just keep reducing or eliminating public services and tax everyone except the wealthy. Even sadder because the Republican voting folks are so ignorant and keep electing this type of arrogance.


Larry Sturm 1 year, 3 months ago

I think the Brownback adminstration should be investigated for corruption.


Thomas Bryce 1 year, 3 months ago

One thing to remember about Brownback"s Policies, He can't punish any other group with out punishing His OWN Followers(Constituents). We will see how happy they are when Reality sets in. We will see how proud they are that They voted Brownback and Co. into office.


Armstrong 1 year, 3 months ago

Libs are complaining because of the tax deductions being eliminated.

Libs are complaining because not enough taxes going to ...cause.

I believe there is more clear thought put into a Chineese fire drill


63BC 1 year, 3 months ago

A two-year budget with line-item specifics down to the penny that leaves $450 million cash in the bank every year.

Who complains?

The people who elected a President borrowing $3 billion a day!


NewYorkLilly 1 year, 3 months ago

Yes the people of Kanas elected him so now live with him . We are moving back to greener pastures and brighter prospects . The majority of this state is rural and sadly uneducated and its about to become even worse I fear.


oletimer 1 year, 3 months ago

what part of the court telling Kansas they need more money for education does brownback not get? I hope his wife runs their household books, because he is an idiot. brownback has no concept of how financials run, because nothing he supports will do anything but break the state of Kansas. He is an embarrassment to all Kansas folks. other than having the anti-abortion radicals, how the h*ll did he get elected?


Water 1 year, 3 months ago

Now we have even more incentive to pay off the mortgage a little faster. Glad there are fewer panhandlers on Mass street. Now there's more room for my daughter to sell matches. WHAT!! Are you still here little girl!! Git out there and don't come back 'til they're all sold!


JackMcKee 1 year, 3 months ago

Kansas is losing key positions in DC because this Tea Party b.s. is so out of favor, even amongst Republicans. Nobody is going to follow your lead, Sam. He's going to lead Kansas down a dark road and off the cliff all by itself.


Laus_Deo 1 year, 3 months ago

A new report has determined that the United States’ education system is improving. The bad news is that it still gets a C+.

When the question of how best to improve the educational system comes up, the discussion sometimes turns to raising test standards or increasing the accountability of teachers. But one of the most regularly debated issues is school funding. Many contest that the schools that perform poorly across the board do so because of a lack of funding, while the ones that do well are simply funded better.

A review of the data shows that the issue is much more complicated than that. Of the the states that spent the least per student, most did not do well across the other measures. Just one state among the bottom 10 spenders — Texas — scored among the best 20 in Education Week’s overall rank. Among the 10 states that spent the most, several did well overall, but others did poorly across the six measures. New York spent the fourth most per student, and received Education Week’s third best grade overall. Alaska, on the other hand, spent the third most among students, but was tied with Mississippi as the fourth worst state overall.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 3 months ago

Good... when it comes to education, more money isn't the answer to better performance. Increase competition through school vouchers and decertify teacher unions.


cowboy 1 year, 3 months ago

Can't you just see the slobbery chuckling coming from the Koch boardroom. Honestly the changes this clown posse are making will run our state into the ground for the next decade. This guy is scary stupid.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 3 months ago

I thought you libs were for tax increases so we can re distribute wealth to those who did not earn it?

You should be all in for the termination of the interest deduction. No wait, this means that many in the 47% might actually have to help the tax base a little now... what a shame.


jayhawklawrence 1 year, 3 months ago

I am starting to remember what a mouth full of dirt tastes like when a bully is sitting on your back.

Are the people of Kansas really this stupid?



toe 1 year, 3 months ago

Excellent getting rid of the mortgage interest tax. Also get rid of the mortgage registration tax.


sciencegeek 1 year, 3 months ago

Removing the tax deduction on home mortgages will be a huge kick in the gut for middle-class home owners. And didn't they remove the deduction for child-care last year? is this how Brownback supports families??

What color is the sky in his eorld?


Bruce Bertsch 1 year, 3 months ago

Robinhood in reverse is too kind for Sam the Sham. Assuming the people kill the Constitutional Amendment, where will the $$$ come from for education? Certainly not small business, I.e., Sub S corps like say Koch Industries. Welcome to Kansas, Mississippi on the Plains.


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