Sam Brownback http://kcur.org en Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact http://kcur.org/post/brownback-comments-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 http://kcur.org Brownback Comments On School Funding, Health Care Compact New Poll Shows Medicaid Expansion Could Be Factor In Kansas Gov's Race http://kcur.org/post/new-poll-shows-medicaid-expansion-could-be-factor-kansas-govs-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="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kcur/files/Kansas-Medicaid-Polling-Results_%281%29.pdf?__utma=91726592.806404577.1375215456.1396970221.1397038949.793&amp;__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 http://kcur.org Brownback Acts On Propane Costs, Shortage http://kcur.org/post/brownback-acts-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 http://kcur.org Brownback Releases Details Of Kansas Budget Plan http://kcur.org/post/brownback-releases-details-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 http://kcur.org Brownback Unveils Priorities For 2014 Kansas Legislative Session http://kcur.org/post/brownback-unveils-priorities-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 http://kcur.org Brownback Unveils Priorities For 2014 Kansas Legislative Session Brownback Hosts Closed-Door Education Meeting http://kcur.org/post/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 http://kcur.org Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War http://kcur.org/post/missouri-governor-calls-truce-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 http://kcur.org Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War Kansas Regents Request $30 Million More http://kcur.org/post/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 http://kcur.org Regents Consider Funding Plan For Kansas Universities http://kcur.org/post/regents-consider-funding-plan-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 http://kcur.org Brownback Looks At Changing Economic Development Program http://kcur.org/post/brownback-looks-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 http://kcur.org Kansas Board Of Education Requests Funding Increase http://kcur.org/post/kansas-board-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 http://kcur.org New Kansas Arts Commission Gives First Grants To 8 Organizations http://kcur.org/post/new-kansas-arts-commission-gives-first-grants-8-organizations <p></p><p><a href="http://www.kansascommerce.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=870">Eight arts groups</a>, including one in Olathe, will receive funding from the <a href="http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?NID=541">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 http://kcur.org New Kansas Arts Commission Gives First Grants To 8 Organizations Governor Attends Paris Airshow To Meet With Industry Officials http://kcur.org/post/governor-attends-paris-airshow-meet-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 http://kcur.org Democratic Senator Criticizes Kan. Regents Appointments http://kcur.org/post/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 http://kcur.org KU Med To Lose 31 Student Slots In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/ku-med-lose-31-student-slots-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 http://kcur.org Kan. Delegation Visits Paris Air Show http://kcur.org/post/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 http://kcur.org Kan. Delegation Visits Paris Air Show Brownback Signs Controversial Tax Bill In Overland Park http://kcur.org/post/brownback-signs-controversial-tax-bill-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 http://kcur.org Brownback Signs Controversial Tax Bill In Overland Park Kansas Budget Limits Governor’s Options to Reverse University Cuts http://kcur.org/post/kansas-budget-limits-governor-s-options-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 http://kcur.org Kansas House Committee Approves NBAF Bonds http://kcur.org/post/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 http://kcur.org US Attorney General: New Kansas Gun Law Unconstitutional http://kcur.org/post/us-attorney-general-new-kansas-gun-law-unconstitutional <p>U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder contacted Gov. Sam Brownback earlier this week saying that a Kansas gun law barring federal regulation on Kansas-manufactured firearms is unconstitutional.</p><p>The Second Amendment Protection Act criminalizes the enforcement of federal laws on any guns that are made in Kansas and stay there. But, in a letter to the governor, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that this is in direct conflict with federal law.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:08:34 +0000 Monica Sandreczki 36133 at http://kcur.org US Attorney General: New Kansas Gun Law Unconstitutional Kan. Gun Law Puts Pressure On Local Governments http://kcur.org/post/kan-gun-law-puts-pressure-local-governments <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Kansas, you can carry a concealed weapon anywhere, unless there’s a “no handgun” sign posted at eye-level at the entrance.</span></p><p>Currently, it’s up to local governments whether or not to allow concealed carry in their public buildings. If they don’t want handguns in their buildings, like any business, they have to post that “no handgun” sign.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:38:24 +0000 Monica Sandreczki 35884 at http://kcur.org Kan. Gun Law Puts Pressure On Local Governments Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding http://kcur.org/post/governor-calls-continued-medical-center-funding <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has been on an all-out tour of state universities this week, calling on lawmakers to extend a sales tax and maintain funding for higher education in the coming budget. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:31:21 +0000 Elana Gordon 35700 at http://kcur.org Governor Calls For Continued Medical Center Funding Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU http://kcur.org/post/governors-higher-education-tour-stops-ku <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback visited the University of Kansas campus yesterday, where he met with school officials and student leaders as part of a tour promoting higher education in the state.</p><p>Brownback called KU a "great innovation institution" and highlighted its role in the Kansas economy.</p><p>“We’ve really got some momentum moving forward in job creation off of our universities, providing excellence in education, which is a primary issue for us, and we want to keep that momentum growing,” said Brownback.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:37:19 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35608 at http://kcur.org Governor's Higher Education Tour Stops At KU Brownback Signs Bill Updating Human Trafficking Laws http://kcur.org/post/brownback-signs-bill-updating-human-trafficking-laws <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill to combat human trafficking and exploitation of underage sex workers.</p><p>The governor signed the bill Monday saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.</p><p>“This will not only strengthen our ability to severely punish traffickers, but it will give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break the cycle of exploitation,” says Brownback.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:08:09 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35541 at http://kcur.org Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center http://kcur.org/post/governor-signs-bill-establishing-ku-med-stem-cell-center <p>Kansas governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:13:21 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35508 at http://kcur.org Brownback To Visit Kansas Universities http://kcur.org/post/brownback-visit-kansas-universities <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif;">Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will start a tour of&nbsp;the state's universities this week to pitch his funding proposal to lawmakers. </span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:15:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 35476 at http://kcur.org $714 Million For NBAF In Obama Budget http://kcur.org/post/714-million-nbaf-obama-budget <p>President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.&nbsp; It’s the state-of-the-art biosecurity lab planned for Manhattan, adjacent to Kansas State University.&nbsp;</p><p>In response to the budget announcement, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback immediately pledged to work with lawmakers during the upcoming veto session to approve state bonds to help complete the lab.&nbsp; The President is asking for an additional $202 million in state support for the project.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:33:00 +0000 Bryan Thompson 34913 at http://kcur.org $714 Million For NBAF In Obama Budget Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill http://kcur.org/post/kansas-governor-brownback-signs-judicial-selection-bill <p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill Wednesday that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected. Under the new system, the governor will select candidates for the state appeals courts. The nominees will then need to be approved by the Senate.</p><p>The current system involves a nominating commission that selects candidates. The governor then chooses from those candidates. Brownback says the current system gives too much power to attorneys, who hold five of the nine seats on the commission.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:06:13 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34221 at http://kcur.org Kansas Governor Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Governor To Expand Medicaid http://kcur.org/post/group-delivers-2700-signatures-asking-governor-expand-medicaid <p>Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.</p><p>Anna Lambertson is with a coalition of organizations pushing for Medicaid expansion. &nbsp;She spoke during a rally at the Statehouse.&nbsp; She said it was good for workers and businesses.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:57:08 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34218 at http://kcur.org Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Governor To Expand Medicaid Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget http://kcur.org/post/kansas-senate-could-cut-governors-budget <p>Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Governor Sam Brownback.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:55:47 +0000 Stephen Koranda 32894 at http://kcur.org Kansas Senate Could Cut Governor's Budget