Governor Sam Brownback

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.
Text of Kansas Gov. Brownback’s inaugural address
11:00 a.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
The text of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s inaugural address, Jan. 12, 2015.
Brownback focuses on ‘crisis of the family’ in second inaugural
11:00 a.m., January 12, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback used his second inaugural address Monday to focus on social and religious issues, declaring that America suffers from a “crisis of the family.” By Peter Hancock
Grand jury investigating loans to Brownback’s re-election campaign
03:01 p.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign and has ordered the state’s ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press .
Kansas inaugural festivities to have familiar feel
January 3, 2015
Festivities leading up to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s swearing-in for a second term should have a familiar, restrain-the-glitz feel.
Governor seeks study of big changes to KPERS
02:21 p.m., December 19, 2014 Updated 02:53 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director told a legislative committee Friday that the proposed cuts in contributions to the state’s pension system are only temporary and will not be part of Brownback’s budget proposal for the next two fiscal years.
Brownback rejects Salina newspaper records request for 3rd time
01:14 p.m., December 17, 2014 Updated 05:28 p.m.
The Kansas governor’s office insists that the public doesn’t have the right to know who it’s considering to fill two new positions on the Saline County Commission.