Sam Brownback

Economy
9:24 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Sporting Announces New Facility, Makes Kansas City Indisputable 'Soccer Town'

A rendering on display at the announcement at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., shows what the facility may look like.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

Much like the winning drivers at Kansas Speedway next door, Sporting Kansas City is taking a victory lap.

Firmly planted in Kansas City with a state-of-the-art soccer venue and a first class practice facility and fields, Sporting Kansas City steered the area to another level with an announcement Wednesday of a proposed National Training and Coaching Development Facility in Kansas City, Kan.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was on hand for the formal announcement at Sporting Park before Sporting KC took the field for an international friendly match against Manchester City FC.

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Primary Election 2014
8:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Rick Santorum In Kansas To Stump For Brownback

Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped in Kansas to campaign for Gov. Sam Brownback Monday in Olathe, Kan., where Santorum called Brownback a "warrior" for conservative principles. 

Santorum and Brownback served in the U.S. Senate together. Santorum says Brownback takes on the big issues, and he isn't surprised Brownback has ruffled some feathers with his tax-cutting, small-government policies. Santorum said Kansas could be a leader for other states.

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Up To Date
11:22 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Political Polls: Kansas Races

Paul Davis is challenging Gov. Sam Brownback as Brownback seeks re-election this fall.
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A new poll shows Gov. Sam Brownback trailing opposing Democrat Paul Davis, who’s showing support from independents and Republicans that many didn’t expect.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk about that race, how Sen. Pat Roberts is faring against the competition and what former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is saying this week.

Guests:

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Elections
10:18 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Debate About Kansas Finances Previews Fall Election

A routine financial meeting last week at the Kansas Statehouse turned into a heated exchange between Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and some Democratic lawmakers. The two sides sparred over the state's financial policies, and the meeting previewed many of the arguments that are likely to be repeated on the campaign trail this fall.

The state of Kansas borrows money to help manage cash flow during the year, but the annual meeting soon turned to a debate over fiscal policy.

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Government
7:38 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Brownback Reassigns Two Top Administrators

Gov. Sam Brownback's office on Wednesday announced that Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, will become the new state budget director and Kari Bruffett, currently head of the division of health care finance at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will step in as KDADS chief.

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Community
3:20 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Topeka Event Marks Brown v. Board Ruling

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback visits with a student in a new classroom at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka. The classroom is being dedicated at the historic site as part of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and others remembered the Brown v. Board of Education ruling Friday in Topeka.

The event comes on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ordered an end to segregation in public schools.

The governor spoke at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, which is now a national historic site dedicated to the ruling.

Brownback says it’s important to remember the controversy surrounding the Brown v. Board ruling and the struggles of the civil rights movement.

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Primary Election 2014
10:04 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Brownback Files For Second Term As Kansas Governor

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks Thursday at the official launch of his campaign for a second term during an event at the Statehouse in Topeka.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer officially have started their campaign for a second term.

The two were joined Thursday at a kickoff event in Topeka by their campaign co-chairs, former Sen. Bob Dole and Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower.

During the event, Brownback touted his economic policies and tax cuts he helped pass. He credits them with promoting job growth and helping to build a significant financial cushion in the state budget.

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Health
5:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Report Finds Kansas Tax Cuts Harm Health Preparedness

Tax cuts in Kansas have "landed with a thud," according to the co-author of a report that criticizes the state's actions for harming public services and sapping the state's long-term economic vitality. 

The report, which was released by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, says massive tax cuts enacted by Kansas lawmakers in 2012 have left the state's schools, public health departments and other public services "stuck in the recession." 

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Government
7:38 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Reports: FBI Investigation Involves Kansas Governor’s Office

The FBI is investigating possible influence peddling by former aides of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, according to a story Sunday in The Topeka Capital-Journal.

The FBI is also looking into whether the governor’s office pressured the for-profit companies that run the state Medicaid system to use lobbyists from Parallel Strategies, a firm founded by the former aides, including the governor’s former chief of staff, David Kensinger, the newspaper reported.

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Up To Date
4:43 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Former Brownback Aides Under FBI Scrutiny

From left to right: George Stafford, David Kensinger, and Riley Scott, the founding partners of Parallel Strategies.
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Over the weekend, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s KanCare Medicaid program. 

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Health
7:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs Controversial Health Care Compact Bill

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that might make it possible for Kansas to join a compact of states that want the power to run Medicare and Medicaid within their borders.

The new law also creates the possibility that the compact states could circumvent several key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“The Health Care Compact will allow states to restore and protect Medicare for generations to come,” Brownback said in a prepared statement today announcing that he had signed the measure. The actual signing was Tuesday.

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Government
5:51 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact

Credit Steve Bell

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was in kansas City, Kansas Tuesday for the official signing of a bill that substantially reduces the percentage rate employers are required to pay into the state's Unemployment Trust Fund.

Brownback used the occasion to tout what he called a call, growing Kansas economy.

"People have said you can't cut taxes, create a business-friendly environment and fund state government," he said, adding, "Well, yes you can, and we are."

After the ceremony, the governor also commented on several bills on or soon coming to his desk.

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Election 2014
5:33 am
Wed April 9, 2014

New Poll Shows Medicaid Expansion Could Be Factor In Kansas Gov's Race

Poll results released Tuesday indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue could be a factor in the Kansas governor’s race.

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Government
7:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Brownback Acts On Propane Costs, Shortage

Gov. Sam Brownback is taking steps to help reduce a shortage of propane needed for home heating. He's easing trucking regulations and directing state officials to provide help to poor families.

Brownback and the state fire marshal say Kansans who are running low on propane should not try alternate heating methods that could be unsafe.

"There's a temptation sometimes to do almost anything to stay warm and some of those things, like using a stove to keep warm or hooking up a five gallon propane tank to your house, is dangerous. It can cost lives,” said Brownback.

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Kansas Statehouse
8:07 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Brownback Releases Details Of Kansas Budget Plan

Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing a reversal of some state university salary cuts and a 1.5 percent raise for classified state employees. He's also hoping to rewrite the Department of Corrections budget. 

Andover Republican and Senate budget committee chair, Ty Masters, says most of the governor's proposed $460 million dollar spending increase is allocated for corrections, but some lawmakers will still have concerns.

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Kansas Statehouse
7:15 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Brownback Unveils Priorities For 2014 Kansas Legislative Session

Gov. Sam Brownback gave his 2014 State of the State address at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka Wednesday.
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Gov. Sam Brownback made comments aimed at the courts, referenced Kansas history and touted his administration's accomplishments during the annual State of the State address Wednesday night.

Brownback unveiled some of his legislative priorities as he spoke before the members of the Kansas House and Senate. He held up what he says are the achievements of his administration over the last three years: building up state financial reserves and balancing the budget during the recession.

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Kansas Statehouse
7:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Brownback Hosts Closed-Door Education Meeting

Gov. Sam Brownback met with education officials and some top Republican lawmakers Monday to discuss school finance. The gathering comes as the Kansas Supreme Court considers a lawsuit over education spending and lawmakers prepare for the 2014 legislative session.

Brownback says the closed-door meeting was aimed at bringing together his office, education officials that represent local districts and lawmakers. He says those groups have not always seen eye-to-eye on the issue of education funding, leading to lawsuits.

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Government
5:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon answers reporters' questions after outlining his proposal to abate the economic border battle with Kansas.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a temporary halt to what’s known as the economic “border war” between Kansas and Missouri Tuesday, in an address to the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Both states have a history of offering incentives to draw companies across state line. Nixon wants a temporary moratorium for the Kansas City metro area.

Nixon said his administration and that of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback have been negotiating the issue.

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Government
9:18 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kansas Regents Request $30 Million More

The Kansas Board of Regents has approved a budget request that asks for restoration of millions of dollars in cuts. Lawmakers cut more than $30 million from the higher education budget last legislative session.

The cuts to higher education were made to across-the-board spending, and funding for salaries.

Lawmakers passed a two-year budget last session, but members of the Board or Regents said they have a responsibility to advocate for increased investment in higher ed. The regents backed off a proposal that would have promised flat tuition if the cuts were reversed.

Education
9:34 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Regents Consider Funding Plan For Kansas Universities

The Kansas Board of Regents will be talking about budget issues this week. This comes in the wake of funding cuts to higher education made earlier this year.

Writing a budget proposal for something as large and complex as the university system takes multiple steps. Mary Jane Stankiewicz with the Board of Regents says university officials have made their proposals to the board. Now the regents will work on distilling that into one plan.

“This will be a discussion and a determination of what items should be forwarded to the governor for consideration,” says Stankiewicz.

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Government
9:25 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Brownback Looks At Changing Economic Development Program

A recent audit says Kansas has mishandled an economic development program, and in response, Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will look at possible change.

The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the PEAK program, short for Promoting Employment Across Kansas. It provides tax incentives for companies creating jobs in the state.

The audit says the PEAK program overspent its $6 million budget for incentives last fiscal year by $1.5 million.

Gov. Brownback says his office is studying the report.

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Government
9:32 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase

The Kansas State Board of Education will be asking lawmakers to increase school funding by more than $600 million in the coming fiscal year. That would be an increase of more than 20 percent. That decision came at a meeting in Topeka Tuesday.

The board members voted 7-3 to make the request for increased funding. More than $400 million would go to the base state aid per student that is paid to districts. The money would also increase funding for professional development and school lunch programs.

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Government
9:20 am
Wed July 10, 2013

New Kansas Arts Commission Gives First Grants To 8 Organizations

The Culture House in Olathe is one of eight arts organizations to receive arts funding from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC). They presented 'The Wizard of Oz' in July.
Credit courtesy of The Culture House

Eight arts groups, including one in Olathe, will receive funding from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. This marks the first round of grants from the organization that rose from the ashes of the former state arts agency.

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Business & Tech
7:16 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Governor Attends Paris Airshow To Meet With Industry Officials

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says the state is serious about attracting investments from aircraft and aviation companies.

Brownback attended the Paris Air Show last month to meet with industry representatives. He says the air show, which bills itself as the world's largest, provides an opportunity to showcase Kansas as a place for aviation business.

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Government
8:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Democratic Senator Criticizes Kan. Regents Appointments

A Democratic state senator from Topeka says Gov. Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.

State law requires that no more than five of the nine regents belong to the same political party. The senator says Brownback's recent appointments violate the spirit of that law.

Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley said this week that the governor is skirting the rules because one of the new appointees changed his registration from Republican to unaffiliated in February.

Brownback says Hensley’s criticism is not accurate.

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Government
7:41 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KU Med To Lose 31 Student Slots In Kansas City

The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million from its budget over the next two years, but the funding reduction will not prompt the closing of the KU School of Medicine's campus in Salina

The KU Medical Center, which operates the school, will have to absorb more than $8 million in cuts. KU spokesman Jack Martin says closing the Salina campus, and scaling back operations in Wichita are no longer on the table.

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Business & Tech
8:42 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Kan. Delegation Visits Paris Air Show

A Learjet plane flies overhead. Learjet is part of Kansas' robust aviation industry.
Credit Josh Beasly/Flickr--CC

Gov. Sam Brownback is leading a trade delegation to the Paris Air Show this week. The trip to France is aimed at attracting aviation business to Kansas and drumming up sales for the aircraft industry in the state.

"You could travel all over the world for a month to try and get these meetings that you can get in three days at these major air shows, " says Brownback.

"And, it is such a major industry for us as a state that we need to push it and we need to make sure we're on everybody's front and center mind if they're looking to expand."

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Government
3:20 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Brownback Signs Controversial Tax Bill In Overland Park

Gov. Sam Brownback signed the historic tax bill at the Prairie Fire construction site in Overland Park, Kan.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

Kansas is “open for business," according to the enthusiastic proclamation made by Gov. Sam Brownback Thursday morning as he signed a controversial tax bill in Overland Park, Kan.

The governor was referring to the impact of second year cuts in state income taxes that he and supporters claim will attract economic development to the state - enough economic development to offset expected budget shortfalls in coming years.

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Government
9:11 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kansas Budget Limits Governor’s Options to Reverse University Cuts

Lawmakers and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback disagreed on higher education funding this legislative session.

Legislators passed a budget with more than $60 million in cuts over two years for the state's universities. In Kansas, the governor has the power of line item veto, which can sometimes be used to block cuts, but it looks like Brownback can't block the higher ed cuts.

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Government
9:26 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Kansas House Committee Approves NBAF Bonds

The House Appropriations Committee has approved an amended version of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to issue more bonds for a federal lab in Manhattan. They delayed a decision Wednesday on the governor's proposal to help fund the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, but after a briefing from Brownback's chief of staff, the committee approved the plan for $200 million in bonds.

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