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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Brownback does not offer comprehensive plan to fix budget but says he will work with Legislature
08:39 a.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration unveiled a package of modest budget adjustments on Thursday but did not offer a comprehensive plan for filling an estimated $400 million revenue shortfall in next year’s budget. By Peter Hancock
Kansas Gov. Brownback to take action on bill regulating Uber drivers
April 20, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback must decide whether to sign a bill that ride-hailing company Uber has said would drive it out of the state if it becomes law.
Kansas authorizes $1 billion in bonds for pension system
April 17, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster Kansas’ pension system for teachers and government workers.
New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits
09:55 a.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 01:27 p.m.
A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature in a bill signed Thursday by GOP Gov. Sam Brownback appears to be the most exhaustive, according to state Department for Children and Families officials.
Kansas governor signs nation’s 1st ban on abortion procedure
11:43 a.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.
Gov. Brownback signs bill allowing concealed carry without permit
08:46 a.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 03:30 p.m.
Kansas will become the fifth state to allow its residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit throughout the state.
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.