Governor Sam Brownback

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.
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.