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Brownback tells regents that cuts to higher education were part of trades at end of session


In a question-and-answer period on Wednesday with the Kansas Board or Regents, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback provided some insight into the end of the 2013 legislation session in June in which Republican legislative leaders demanded cuts to the universities and Brownback accepted those cuts.

Brownback said at the end of a legislative session, "Often you're crowding everything into a chute, and we're going to get this done tonight — this is going to happen tonight, and then things happen and it doesn't always come out exactly the way your wanted it to come out. And things get traded here and there to get something on through the final process."

Brownback said perhaps the perception from legislative leaders was that higher education could handle the cuts. "You have a lot places you get money from, and maybe you can handle this, whereas other places don't have the options," he said.

On the final day of the session, Republican leaders mustered enough votes within their caucuses to pass a state budget that cut universities 3 percent over two years and to push through a tax package that increased the state sales tax while reducing deductions and racheting down income tax rates.

Brownback has made phasing out the state income tax one of his major goals.

Brownback has praised GOP legislative leaders, but has vowed to fight for restoration of the cuts when the 2014 session starts in January.


question4u 4 years, 5 months ago

"Brownback accepted those cuts."

Nothing more need be said. He put tax cuts for the wealthy above funding K-12 and higher education, maintaining highways and health care, and protecting the poor and the middle class.

Brownback can try to present himself as a Pontius Pilate, but the tax cuts that have damaged education, highway maintenance, health care and the prospects of the poor and middle class in Kansas were his idea.

Why not accept responsibility instead of taking the worm's route?

Janella Williams 4 years, 5 months ago

He took the worm route, because that what worms do.

cowboy 4 years, 5 months ago

Question 4u stated it as clear as possible , excellent post ! Your actions speak the truth , your words mean nothing.

Tracy Rogers 4 years, 5 months ago

Accept responsibility? This governor??

That's a good one!

adastraperapathy 4 years, 5 months ago

He never had to in the rest of his career, why start now?

At every point in his career, he's benefited from a state political system that has a terrible habit of promoting people based on Republican partisan affiliation and little else.

Scott Drummond 4 years, 5 months ago

Those who elected him also share responsibility.

How many here who are responsible will take ownership of their deed?

justoneperson 4 years, 5 months ago

Not just those that voted for him. Also those that did not vote. Show up and make decisions based on what you know they will do (not the nonsense that they spew).

oldexbeat 4 years, 5 months ago

Liar Sammy, in order to better control even the Regents, had his huge supporter, the lawyer Shane Bangerter, change from Republican to indepentdent so he could appoint him as the 5th ( or is it 6th) Republican on the Board of Regents. Must be fun starting your in over your head term on the Regents with everyone else knowing you lied to get on it.

Nice move, Sammy. (the attorney's office was where Brownback announced for Governor -- like the attorney actually changed parties -- not.)

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 5 months ago

Actually, this is a bold faced lie and everyone in the legislature knows it.

sleepingrealities 4 years, 5 months ago

"Brownback has praised GOP legislative leaders, but has vowed to fight for restoration of the cuts when the 2014 session starts in January." In other words, to his co-workers it's, "good job, boys!" And to the public it's, "I'll undo what they did!"

Michael LoBurgio 4 years, 5 months ago

Paul Davis This is a significant admission. Governor ‪#‎Brownback‬ toured Kansas last April to tout the importance of protecting higher education from budget cuts. But, behind the closed doors of meetings of the ‪#‎ksleg‬ session, Governor Brownback decided that tax breaks for the wealthiest among us were more important. As a result, your child's tuition increased dramatically this fall.

Paul Davis for Governor of Kansas

Elizabeth Stevens 4 years, 5 months ago

There's a key phrase in the quote, "...places to get money from..." Is this the role of the Governor and legislators, to find places to get money from? I guess only so they can give it to somebody else. Like maybe his super-rich supporters? The students (and their parents) of Kansas have trouble understanding this, I can tell you for sure.

Rational_Kansan 4 years, 5 months ago

These quotes are almost incoherent. This man is a lawyer? Most of his remarks come off as inarticulate and vague. Embarrassing.

Paul R Getto 4 years, 5 months ago

Even Sam's Muscular Jesus is against lying. Shame on you, Governor.

gmerchant11 4 years, 5 months ago

This thing with Gov. Brownback is beyond political. Even most conservatives are progressive enough to NOT want to decimate the State's college's and universities. Somebody has got to challenge him for the Republican nomination or if not, just chuck it and vote for whatever Democrat wins on that side. The total elimination of the state income tax is one of those utopian ideas that sound just wonderful at first glance, but in reality, will take Kansas back to the dark ages and our dear Sunflower State cannot afford to revert back any further than it already has. Politics is a pendulum, swinging from left to right. In Kansas, it's swung so far right that it's just about to flip the whole state on it's side.

sciencegeek 4 years, 5 months ago

Notice how Brownback didn't specify just what he traded for the higher education cuts. He knows perfectly well what he did, but doesn't want to be the bad guy. His tour of universities was a smoke screen, and everyone knows it. Bet he was shocked, SHOCKED, to have to accept those cuts to public education.

What a liar.

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