Archive for Friday, June 28, 2013

Democrats criticize Brownback over public stance for higher education while approving cuts

June 28, 2013


— Democratic budget leaders today said that while Gov. Sam Brownback publicly stated support for higher education funding, he worked as the 2013 legislative session concluded to get enough Republican legislators to vote for the state budget, which cut higher education funding.

"After a 99-day legislative session, Governor Brownback made a clear choice about what he wanted to fight for in the final budget agreement. Despite his public promises, higher education was not one of those choices," State Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, and state Rep. Jerry Henry, D-Cummings, said in a statement.

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Kelly and Henry are ranking minority leaders on their respective chambers' budget committees.

In response to Kelly and Henry, Sara Belfry, deputy director of communications for Brownback, said, “The budget that was passed at the end of session was not the budget the governor proposed and gave to the Legislature. Gov. Brownback will continue to work with the Legislature to address specific issues, including stable funding for higher education.”

Brownback, a Republican, signed into law the budget that will cut higher education by $44 million in state funding over two years.

During a legislative break in April and May, Brownback had toured the state urging against cuts to higher education.

Kelly and Henry said that had Brownback urged defeat or threatened to veto a budget with higher education cuts, "it is likely that the final budget would have spared higher education, or at least softened the blow."

The budget passed with the bare minimum of votes, supplied by only Republican legislators.

Since the end of the session earlier this month, Brownback has said he will try to get the Legislature next year to restore the higher education cuts.


riverdrifter 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Every time I see this pic of our respected guvner, it looks like somebody sliced off a very rare piece of cheese. Just sayin...


KNUCKLEDRAGGER 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Since we are talking about Sam and breathing in the same sentence. The Gov is basically an OXYGEN THIEF.


mikekt 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I love Sam and his favorite charity,.....the KOCH Brothers !

Their father founded the business with money made in Russia in the 1930s, and by then the Czars were all gone...... & replaced with Stalin, Molotov,....... and Communism !

To get 5 Million from the Russians in the 30s was a lot of money !


Robert Burnham 9 months, 3 weeks ago

KU Endowment has over a billion bucks sitting there for whatever....why is this an issue...KU can afford well as all the other schools in the state...think about it, they handed over 10 million to Turner Gill like pocket change... the only ones crying are all you dumb azz liberals who opted for the easy Psych degree and now your 6 figure loan is going up to 6.8%...don't be pissed at Brownback, be pissed at your beloved Obumma....he's played all your dumbazzes...student loans going up, 11 million illegals taking your job, IRS watching your e-mails and calls, taking away your 1st and 2nd amendment rights, and spending your parents hard earned retirement money...feels good doesn't it! LMAO


Maracas 9 months, 3 weeks ago

It's not just Democrats that criticize Brownshirt. I've heard actual normal people criticize him, as well.


Tracy Rogers 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Actions speak louder than words Sammy. Doesn't matter what you went all over the state saying you hoped would happen, when you signed the budget with the cuts to higher education, your true colors showed.


optimist 9 months, 3 weeks ago

I find it interesting that the premise that more money equals better education. In case none of us have been on college campuses in this state lately they are pretty nice institutions. Well funded really. Maybe if more of that money were spent educating rather than constructing elaborate buildings or increasing the univerty Presidents pay by $60k a year we wouldn't be having this discussion. If more money equals better education then why don't we apply the same philosophy to say road construction projects? Wouldn't more money mean better roads. Roads of gold maybe?


George_Braziller 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Brownback continually talks out of both sides of his mouth. Doesn't veto the budget with cuts to higher education while at the same time lamenting the cuts to higher education.


consumer1 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Democrats will criticize Brownback for breathing.


jane_doe 9 months, 3 weeks ago

That is because educating the state means they will be able to read stuff like this and then they may not appreciate Sammy as much.

It is genius, actually....


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