Governor Sam Brownback

Kansas taxes fell $217M short in May
02:44 p.m., May 30, 2014 Updated 04:40 p.m.
Kansas state tax collections took another nosedive in May, which prompted renewed debate over Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax policies. The state collected $217 million less in taxes than earlier estimated, according to figures released Friday. That follows April when the state fell $92 million below projections.
Davis files to run against Brownback
01:21 p.m., May 29, 2014 Updated 01:46 p.m.
Democrat Paul Davis on Thursday filed to run for governor along with his lieutenant governor running mate Jill Docking. Davis, the House minority leader from Lawrence, and Docking, a Wichita businesswoman, make up the presumed Democratic ticket to challenge Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer in the November election.
Brownback unveils mental health initiative
May 27, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday unveiled a $9.5 million plan that he said would increase mental health services in Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback signs Kansas budget bill
May 16, 2014
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday vetoed a $5 million transfer from the state’s share of a national tobacco settlement that legislators sought to divert to the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Moody’s says more state budget cuts may be needed to ‘achieve structural balance long-term’
May 13, 2014
Moody’s Investor Services, which downgraded Kansas bonds last month, has issued a more detailed report that says because of tax cuts signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback, Kansas will need to make more spending cuts.
Federal agency mum on Kansas prairie chicken law
May 13, 2014
The federal agency that listed the lesser prairie chicken as threatened isn’t responding publicly to a new Kansas law declaring that only the state can regulate the grouse within its borders.
Former House speaker, now lobbyist says KanCare bidding process followed the law
May 9, 2014
Two years ago, lobbyist Doug Mays had a front row seat to the bidding process for contracts under KanCare, which was Gov. Sam Brownback’s overhaul of the $3 billion Medicaid program. Mays, a former legislator, House speaker, and state securities commissioner, was lobbying for Coventry Health Care, which was one of the private health insurance companies that had bid on the contract. But when awards were announced in June 2012, Coventry wasn’t selected. Even so, Mays, a Republican from Topeka, said on Thursday the bidding process was fair. By Scott Rothschild
KU denies part in reported FBI probe into Brownback’s former aides
May 7, 2014
Kansas University officials said Wednesday that they have not been contacted by the FBI as part of a reported probe into pay-to-play allegations involving Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration. “There has been no contact with the university by anybody involved with the investigation,” said Tim Caboni, KU’s vice chancellor for public affairs. “The FBI has not contacted KU.” By Peter Hancock and Scott Rothschild
Children’s advocates call on Brownback to veto transfer of $5 million from children’s programs to KBA
May 7, 2014
Children’s advocates on Wednesday called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a portion of the budget that takes $5 million from children’s programs and gives it to the Kansas Bioscience Authority. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas state budget approved, debate continues
May 2, 2014
The Kansas Legislature on Friday approved the final state budget bill of the 2014 session and now will take the debate over taxes and spending to the voters. The appropriations bill would provide $250 bonuses to state employees and reduce waiting lists for people with disabilities who need services. By Scott Rothschild
Moody’s Investors Service downgrades state bonds, citing Kansas’ sluggish economy, tax cuts
02:35 p.m., May 1, 2014 Updated 02:35 p.m.
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Kansas’ state bonds, citing the state’s sluggish economic recovery, the use of non-recurring measures to balance the budget and revenue reductions resulting from tax cuts. By Scott Rothschild
Higher education funding still at pre-recession levels; Kansas one of few states last year to keep cutting
May 1, 2014
States are funding higher education below pre-recession levels, according to a new report. But while 42 states last year started to restore some of those reductions, Kansas was among eight states that continued to cut, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report said. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas revenue in April falls sharply below estimates
April 30, 2014
Kansas tax receipts fell sharply in April, decreasing 30 percent below April 2013, and prompting a round of political finger pointing as lawmakers reconvened after a three-week break to finish the year’s legislative business. The figures surprised legislative leaders because the drop-off occurred less than two weeks after budget experts and Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration submitted a revenue estimate that indicated state coffers were in good shape for the rest of the fiscal year. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas revenues off $92M in April
April 30, 2014
Kansas officials are blaming changes in federal tax policies for lower-than-expected state revenue collections in April.
KanCare gets mixed reviews from patients, health care providers
April 29, 2014
Patients, health care providers and others on Tuesday provided a mixed picture of the status of Gov. Sam Brownback’s privatization of Medicaid called KanCare. By Scott Rothschild