Governor Sam Brownback

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.
Kansas governor announces cuts to public schools, higher ed
02:47 p.m., February 5, 2015 Updated 08:27 p.m.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday he would cut spending on Kansas’ public schools and universities and GOP legislators approved a plan to shift around money to plug a budget hole as the state scrambled to cope with a revenue shortfall following aggressive tax cuts.
Gov. Brownback speaks at Small Business Day event
08:53 a.m., February 3, 2015 Updated 04:16 p.m.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is encouraging state businesses to grow and expand.
Governor’s plan leaves end of Kansas income taxes uncertain
February 1, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback and his top aides can’t predict when Kansas will meet his stated goal of eliminating income taxes, now that he has slowed the implementation of promised reductions to stave off predicted budget cuts.
Brownback’s tax proposals panned by anti-tax activist
January 26, 2015
National anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is urging Kansas legislators to reject Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposals to increase the state’s tobacco and alcohol taxes to help close state budget shortfalls.
Kansas governor proposes to backpedal on school funding
January 25, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing that Kansas backpedal on a much-ballyhooed increase in spending on public schools, just as he is asking fellow Republicans in the Legislature to slow down aggressive tax-cutting because of big budget shortfalls.
Sin tax increases could hurt wallets, but unlikely to curb vices, Lawrencians say
January 24, 2015
In the town named the most hungover city in America this month by Business Insider, Gov. Sam Brownback’s new tax proposition, which would raise taxes on alcohol and tobacco products to balance the state budget, would have little effect on vices, but a big impact on pocketbooks, some Lawrencians said. To aid against the projected budget shortfalls of more than $710 million in the current budget and in the next fiscal year, Brownback suggested increasing the cigarette and tobacco product tax trifold and the alcohol tax by 50 percent. Under his plan, the state would raise $394 million over a period of two years, the Associated Press reported earlier this month.
Kansas governor seeks tax increases to address budget woes
08:00 a.m., January 16, 2015 Updated 09:50 a.m.
Kansas would nearly triple its cigarette tax, raise taxes on alcohol and slow down promised income tax cuts to balance its budget under proposals Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined Friday.
Text of Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2015 State of the State address
January 15, 2015
Prepared text of Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2015 State of the State address.
Brownback expected to outline plan for closing budget gaps
January 15, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to outline his agenda for lawmakers’ 90-day session in his annual State of the State speech and is expected to address a strategy for closing the state’s looming budget shortfalls.