Archive for Thursday, January 16, 2014

Likely opponents Brownback, Davis speak on school funding

January 16, 2014


— Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday blamed his predecessors for school budget cuts, but his likely Democratic opponent, House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence, said Brownback's massive tax cuts have eliminated the state's ability to adequately finance schools.

The two spoke back-to-back to nearly 200 school officials at the Kansas Association of School Boards government relations seminar.

"The Brownback tax plan is crippling our state," Davis said.

Budget projections show that the state will take in $500 million less next year than this year, Davis said. "It's a jaw-dropping figure," he said.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit pending before the Kansas Supreme Court could require the state to increase school funding by nearly $500 million per year.

But Brownback defended his tax policy as necessary for the state to grow economically.

"We've got to stimulate growth," he said.

Since taking office, Brownback has signed into law billions of dollars worth of income tax cuts.

Davis said that has prevented legislators from restoring school funds cut during the Great Recession.

But Brownback said when he came into office he faced a devastating budget shortfall.

Prior to Brownback's taking office in January 2011, the state had used federal stimulus funds to prop up school funding, but then those funds elapsed, he said.

Brownback said he added $100 million to school funding, but schools still took a hit because of the loss of federal funds.

He also said he had to pump more money into the public employee retirement system, which includes school employees, because for years it had been under-funded.


Andrew Dufour 4 years, 4 months ago

Brownback logic: "oh my god there's an enormous budget shortfall and we're in a recession. . . I know lets start taking in less money."

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

This rhetoric is the same as before now the state is in worst condition with right wing republicans in complete control of Kansas State Government.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago

Paul Davis: We must get the Kansas economy working for all Kansans House Minority Leader delivers State of the State response from Hillcrest Elementary School

TOPEKA – This evening, House Minority Leader Paul Davis delivered the official response to Sam Brownback's 2014 State of the State address.

"The original goals of the Brownback Road Map were admirable," said Davis. "But time and again, the numbers just never seem to add up. Gov. Brownback promised to create jobs, but there are fewer jobs now than there were three years ago.

He promised to cut taxes, but all he really did was shift the tax burden onto working families.

He promised to strengthen our schools, but he made the largest cut to public education in state history. A year later test scores dropped for the first time in over a decade.

And he promised to reduce childhood poverty, but the number of kids living in poverty has increased dramatically while he’s been governor. It’s time to change direction."

Steve King 4 years, 4 months ago

Agreed. It's time to change direction.

Paul R Getto 4 years, 4 months ago

The Insane Klown Posse leader has spoken. Put on your greasepaint, honk your horn and get in line.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 4 months ago


The writing is on the wall! The Kansas right wing GOP cannot manage effective economic growth, cannot manage effective public school funding and cannot improve the job market. Killing jobs is their area of expertise.

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