Sam Brownback en Sporting Announces New Facility, Makes Kansas City Indisputable 'Soccer Town' <p>Much like the winning drivers at Kansas Speedway next door, Sporting Kansas City is taking a victory lap.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:24:26 +0000 Greg Echlin 59407 at Sporting Announces New Facility, Makes Kansas City Indisputable 'Soccer Town' Rick Santorum In Kansas To Stump For Brownback <p>Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped in Kansas to campaign for Gov. Sam Brownback Monday in Olathe, Kan., where&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Santorum called </span>Brownback<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a "warrior" for conservative principles.&nbsp;</span></p><p>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.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 58926 at Political Polls: Kansas Races <p></p><p>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.</p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href=""><em>Up to Date</em></a>, 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.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:22:26 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58144 at Political Polls: Kansas Races Debate About Kansas Finances Previews Fall Election <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Stephen Koranda 57761 at Brownback Reassigns Two Top Administrators <p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sam </span>Brownback's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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 </span>Bruffett<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, currently head of the division of health care finance at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will step in as </span>KDADS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chief.</span></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:38:48 +0000 Dave Ranney and Mike Shields 56087 at Topeka Event Marks Brown v. Board Ruling <p></p><p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and others remembered the Brown v. Board of Education ruling Friday in Topeka.</p><p>The event comes on the eve of the&nbsp;60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ordered an end to segregation in public schools.</p><p>The governor spoke at the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, which is now a national historic site dedicated to the ruling.</p><p>Brownback says it’s important to remember the controversy surrounding the Brown v. Board ruling and the struggles of the civil rights movement.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:20:11 +0000 Stephen Koranda 55863 at Topeka Event Marks Brown v. Board Ruling Brownback Files For Second Term As Kansas Governor <p></p><p>Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer officially have started their campaign for a second term.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 15:04:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 55833 at Brownback Files For Second Term As Kansas Governor Report Finds Kansas Tax Cuts Harm Health Preparedness <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p><a href=";id=4110">The report, which was released by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities,</a> 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."&nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 22:47:40 +0000 Dan Margolies & Alex Smith 54969 at Reports: FBI Investigation Involves Kansas Governor’s Office <p>The FBI is investigating possible influence peddling by former aides of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, <a href="">according to a story</a> Sunday in The Topeka Capital-Journal.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:38:31 +0000 Alex Smith 54918 at Former Brownback Aides Under FBI Scrutiny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, the </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em>Topeka Capital-Journal</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into Kansas </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sam </span>Brownback’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>KanCare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Medicaid program.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:43:24 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 54909 at Former Brownback Aides Under FBI Scrutiny Gov. Brownback Signs Controversial Health Care Compact Bill <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">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.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:44:50 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 54690 at Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-right: 2.93in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font size="4">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. </font></p><p style="margin-right: 2.93in; margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 130%"><font size="4">Brownback used the occasion to tout what he called a call, growing Kansas economy.</font></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:51:14 +0000 Steve Bell 53894 at Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact New Poll Shows Medicaid Expansion Could Be Factor In Kansas Gov's Race <p style="outline: none 0px; font-family: sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.6; margin-bottom: 0.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"><a href=";__utmb=91726592.112.6.1397039820754&amp;__utmc=91726592&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=91726592.1396961265.788.31.utmcsr=Facebook|utmccn=FBKCUR2976|utmcmd=Social&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=128357060">Poll results released Tuesday</a> indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue coul Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:33:28 +0000 Jim McLean 53904 at Brownback Acts On Propane Costs, Shortage <p>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.</p><p>Brownback and the state fire marshal say Kansans who are running low on propane should not try alternate heating methods that could be unsafe.</p><p>"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.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:56:39 +0000 Stephen Koranda 50498 at Brownback Releases Details Of Kansas Budget Plan <p>Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing a reversal of some state university salary cuts and a&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">1.5 percent raise</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for classified state employees. He's also hoping to rewrite the Department of Corrections budget.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:07:15 +0000 Stephen Koranda 49897 at Brownback Unveils Priorities For 2014 Kansas Legislative Session <p>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.</p><p>Brownback unveiled some of his legislative priorities as he spoke before the members of the Kansas House and Senate. He&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">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. </span></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:15:54 +0000 Stephen Koranda 49842 at Brownback Unveils Priorities For 2014 Kansas Legislative Session Brownback Hosts Closed-Door Education Meeting <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:33:18 +0000 Stephen Koranda 47411 at Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 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.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p>Both states have a history of offering incentives to draw companies across state line.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nixon wants a temporary moratorium for the Kansas City metro area.</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:42:24 +0000 Dan Verbeck 46740 at Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War Kansas Regents Request $30 Million More <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>The cuts to higher education were made to across-the-board spending, and funding for salaries.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:18:41 +0000 Stephen Koranda 43959 at Regents Consider Funding Plan For Kansas Universities <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>“This will be a discussion and a determination of what items should be forwarded to the governor for consideration,” says Stankiewicz.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:34:36 +0000 Stephen Koranda 43767 at Brownback Looks At Changing Economic Development Program <p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:12.0pt;margin-left: 0in"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">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.<o:p></o:p></span></p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:25:32 +0000 Stephen Koranda 43702 at Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:32:57 +0000 Stephen Koranda 39908 at New Kansas Arts Commission Gives First Grants To 8 Organizations <p></p><p><a href="">Eight arts groups</a>, including one in Olathe, will receive funding from the <a href="">Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission</a>. This marks the first round of grants from the organization that rose from the ashes of the former state arts agency.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:20:02 +0000 Laura Spencer 39904 at New Kansas Arts Commission Gives First Grants To 8 Organizations Governor Attends Paris Airshow To Meet With Industry Officials <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says the state is serious about attracting investments from aircraft and aviation companies.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:16:57 +0000 Stephen Koranda 39626 at Democratic Senator Criticizes Kan. Regents Appointments <p>A Democratic state senator from Topeka says Gov. Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>Brownback says Hensley’s criticism is not accurate.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:29:29 +0000 Stephen Koranda 39532 at KU Med To Lose 31 Student Slots In Kansas City <p>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</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:41:35 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38712 at Kan. Delegation Visits Paris Air Show <p>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.</p><p>"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.</p><p>"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."</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:42:05 +0000 Stephen Koranda 38652 at Kan. Delegation Visits Paris Air Show Brownback Signs Controversial Tax Bill In Overland Park <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:20:41 +0000 Laura Ziegler 38464 at Brownback Signs Controversial Tax Bill In Overland Park Kansas Budget Limits Governor’s Options to Reverse University Cuts <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Lawmakers and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback disagreed on higher education funding this legislative session. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">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&nbsp;can't block the higher ed cuts.</span><o:p></o:p></p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:11:13 +0000 Stephen Koranda 38243 at Kansas House Committee Approves NBAF Bonds <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The House Appropriations Committee has approved&nbsp;an amended version of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to&nbsp;issue&nbsp;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. <o:p></o:p></span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 14:26:57 +0000 Stephen Koranda 36514 at