Governor Sam Brownback

Video: Gov. Brownback discusses arts

Gov. Sam Brownback discusses the future of the arts in Kansas. Watch »

Video: Gov. Brownback discusses higher education

Gov. Sam Brownback would like to raise the rankings of the KU Medical Center and says the state needs to produce more engineers. Watch »

Video: Gov. Brownback discusses GOP candidates

Kansas governor Sam Brownback disclosed who he considers to be the leading candidate for the Republican party in the 2012 presidential race. Watch »

Video: Gov. Brownback discusses education funding issues

Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday spoke to reporters and editors at the Lawrence Journal-World. Brownback said growing the economy was his primary goal as he prepares for the 2012 legislative session that starts next month. Watch »

Video: Gov. Brownback discusses taxes and education

Gov. Sam Brownback said he would like to lower individual income taxes and most likely would not touch corporate taxes. Watch »

State of the State reactions
Brownback proposes cuts and economic initiatives Sloan reaction to Brownback speech Ballard reaction to Brownback speech

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback gives his first State of the State address. State Rep. Barbara Ballard and State Rep. Tom Sloan react to the speech.

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Governor Sam Brownback's inauguration day
Sam Brownback sworn in as Kansas governor Sam Brownback's first Cabinet meeting

Governor Sam Brownback was inaugurated on Monday, Jan. 10, 2010 in the Kansas House chamber. After his inauguration, he held his first cabinet meeting.

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Plaintiffs seek to block new Kansas school funding plan
01:31 p.m., March 26, 2015 Updated 10:52 p.m.
Plaintiffs in an ongoing school finance case asked a three-judge panel in Topeka on Thursday to block implementation of a new school funding plan that Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law Wednesday. By Peter Hancock
Kansas House advances GOP school funding plan
08:38 a.m., March 12, 2015 Updated 10:56 p.m.
After several days of intense arm-twisting, Republican leaders in the Kansas House mustered enough votes Thursday to advance a bill that makes sweeping changes to the way the state funds its public schools. The Lawrence school district stands to lose about $1.6 million in state funding under the plan. A final vote is expected Friday. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Senate to vote on Brownback appellate judge nominee
08:45 a.m., March 11, 2015 Updated 10:43 p.m.
After tough questioning at the committee stage, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointee to the Court of Appeals faces her final confirmation vote before the Senate Wednesday.
Kansas lawmakers hear criticism of GOP school funding plan
March 9, 2015
Top Republican legislators in Kansas are hearing plenty of criticism of their proposal to overhaul how the state distributes aid to public schools, and they’re likely to keep hearing it this week.
Lobbyist confronts teacher over Brownback mention in speech
08:10 a.m., March 6, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A lobbyist who used to work as Gov. Sam Brownback’s chief of staff is defending his confrontation with a Topeka teacher he claims was unprofessional in referencing the governor in her speech at a Model UN competition.
Kansas Senate panel endorses court of appeals nominee
08:57 a.m., March 5, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
A Kansas Senate panel has endorsed Kathryn Gardner’s confirmation to the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Brownback softens stance on Medicaid expansion
06:26 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback suggested Wednesday that he may be open to the possibility of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, although he still has strong reservations. His comments to a group of insurance agents came as the Kansas House is preparing to hold hearings on at least two Medicaid expansion proposals. By Peter Hancock
Kansas governor talks tax policy with Missouri lawmakers
04:29 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback touted his income tax policies Wednesday during a visit to Missouri’s capital city, telling Republican legislators and business groups there that “the seeds of growth” are starting to sprout in his state despite a projected budget shortfall approaching $600 million.
Kansas Senate panel grills Brownback judge appointee
08:45 a.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s appointee to the Kansas Court of Appeals got a chilly reception Wednesday at her first confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Brownback touts economic growth for rise in February revenue
06:40 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:38 p.m.
Kansas collected $22 million more in taxes than expected this month, and Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and a top aide said Friday that it’s a sign of economic growth. Even with the unanticipated windfall for the month reported by the state Department of Revenue, the state’s tax collections for the past eight months are running slightly behind expectations. Also, it doesn’t solve the state’s budget problems, with a shortfall projected at nearly $600 million for the fiscal year beginning in July before the latest report.
Kansas senators question governor’s rural opportunity plan
February 26, 2015
Kansas senators have expressed skepticism over the usefulness of Gov. Sam Brownback’s Rural Opportunity Zones program.
Kansas Gov. Brownback creates Social Services Policy Council
01:37 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a taskforce to look for ways to decrease poverty.
Kansas legislators take up measures targeting Kansas Judiciary
February 21, 2015
As the mid-point of the legislative session approaches, Kansas lawmakers will turn their focus to measures that could bring big changes to the Kansas court system. Two constitutional amendments have already advanced that would change the way Supreme Court justices are chosen. Another would lower the mandatory retirement age for judges, automatically removing several sitting judges from the bench. By Peter Hancock
Kansas’ budget problems touching cherished highway system
February 8, 2015
Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won’t solve its serious budget problems without putting a normally sacrosanct asset in the crosshairs — its state-of-the-art highway system.
Kansas governor cites school’s $47K piano in announcing cuts
08:03 a.m., February 6, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback says a high school’s purchase of a new grand piano illustrates that Kansas’ formula for funding its public schools is flawed.