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Former Kansas governors unite against Brownback, supporters

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback addresses legislators Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in his State of the State address.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback addresses legislators Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in his State of the State address.

June 24, 2016, 3:08 p.m. Updated June 24, 2016, 6:21 p.m.


— Four former Kansas governors lashed out at the state’s current top administrator on Friday over tax policies they believe have thrown the state into a fiscal nosedive and threaten its future.

Republicans Bill Graves and Mike Hayden joined Democrats Kathleen Sebelius and John Carlin in declaring the upcoming elections the most important in state history. The four also have formed a political organization, the Save Kansas Coalition, to educate residents about how Gov. Sam Brownback’s policies have hurt the state, the governors said in a letter to residents seeking financial support.

Several former statewide office holders, including Democrats, moderate Republicans and Independents, also are part of the coalition.

“It’s time to acknowledge the experiment has failed,” said Hayden, who was governor from 1987 to 1991. “Being a Kansas conservative used to mean paying off debt, balancing the budget and not running up bills our grandchildren would be expected to pay.”

Kansas has struggled to balance its budget since Republican legislators slashed personal income taxes at Brownback’s urging in 2012 and 2013 in an effort to stimulate the economy. While even some GOP lawmakers have acknowledged that the tax cuts didn’t work as anticipated, Brownback and his top aides blame the state’s ongoing fiscal problems on regional slumps in agriculture, energy production and aircraft manufacturing.

The state’s tax collections have fallen short of expectations 10 of the past 12 months.

When asked for a reaction to the coalition’s letter, Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley responded that “the governor is focused on working with the Legislature to ensure Kansas schools remain open.”

Lawmakers were mired in a special session Friday, trying to come up with a school funding plan that will pass muster with the Kansas Supreme Court — which declared earlier GOP-backed finance proposals unconstitutional — and keep schools open past June 30.

“I’m not pleased with the direction we’re going and believe we must change the faces in the Legislature,” said Carlin, governor from 1979 to 1987.

It’s the first time so many former Kansas governors representing both parties have taken a united stand against a sitting governor.

Kansas Republican Party executive director Clay Barker sent out a statement calling the move a “political stunt” from governors who had “presided over massive and needless growth in the size of state government.”


Gary Pomeroy 1 year, 11 months ago

Unfortunately they are probably voices crying in the wilderness

Michael Kort 1 year, 11 months ago

THe STELTH LIBERTARIAN legislature, governor and the politically appointed staff are the problem here in Kansas......aside from the power tripping creepers, who elected this bunch !

Their LLC tax cut created financial mess, is just the tip of their out of control iceberg of indifference towards the wellbeing of the citizens of the State of Kansas .

No.....they are not republicans, nor are they conservatives or ultra conservatives !

If the definition of a Libertarian is 1) don't tax me but do tax others 2) I'm not responsible "tax wise" for anybody else ( or even for my own heartless actions ) 3) don't regulate me socially ( society is mine to abuse and use ) 4) screw the world.....I'm here to rule ruthlessly .....and above it all, in my pseudo righteousness........then how can one dirty the name of the better true republicans,.... or conservatives of any grouping,...... by allowing these phonies to "pose" as an extension of any republican or conservative causes ?

There is no controlling these people or reforming them.........their feet run to evil ways and tha is that .

They all need to go and the Federal Government needs to supervise the next Kansas elections because these people are manipulators and frauds that will stop at nothing to corrupt the state and federal elections with their self serving tendencies to do the dishonorable thing .


Jerome Bradley 1 year, 10 months ago

You are thinking of the Koch self-described libertarian values, not what true libertarians values are or what they stand for. Most libertarians are concerned for their neighbors well being, they just do not see the government as a vessel to control peoples lives. The uber rich Kochs are not a true representation of a libertarian.

Bob Forer 1 year, 11 months ago

Their motivation should be obvious to anyone with a brain . They are very concerned about our once great state. Just like the rest of are.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 year, 10 months ago

First of all, M., you make some veiled reference to the former governors, all who did a much better job of governing Kansas than Brownback. Then you attack Bob for being specific about what their motivation is. What do you think their motivation is? Jealousy? Because they aren't big failures like Brownback?

Bob Summers 1 year, 11 months ago

Four people that sucked the life out of the host are miffed one of the flock has gone astray.

It is impressive they care for Brownback.

If they really cared, they'd tell him to get rid of the overpaid government they built.

Bob Forer 1 year, 10 months ago

it always seems like the moochers who want everything for nothing complain the most.

As a former prosecutor I learned that primary difference between a mooch and a common thief is that the mooch is too lazy to take the initiative to steal, or simply hasn't gotten caught yet.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 10 months ago

Brownbaclwards was a lousy senator. What ever made people think he would be a good governor??

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

The pictures of Sam Brownback keep repeating themselves. Is this dude at work or in a Koch anti American workshop somewhere?

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

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--- ALEC Exposed ALEC/American Legislative Exchange Council

--- Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education throughout the nation.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

These four governors have their hands full and it is a good thing they are coming out against this administration and the legislative sheep. These voices have been quiet for too long.

EDUCATING the voters is their big task which I believe they can do. These are the people that need to be going door to door everywhere. From now till forever.

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