Gov. Brownback en Brownback Visits Kansas Universities <p>Governor Sam Brownback will be visiting universities in Kansas on Monday.</p><p>Eileen Hawley, a Brownback spokesperson, says he’ll be meeting with university officials and talking about the importance of higher education in the state.</p><p>"The universities help drive the economy," Hawley says. "They provide a highly skilled work force and they create the next generations of teachers, doctors and business people so its really important for us to invest and have a good vision for higher education in Kansas. "&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:33:14 +0000 Stephen Koranda 32976 at Gov. Brownback Signs A New Round Of Bills This Week <p>Governor Sam Brownback has signed 5 new bills into law this week.</p><p><strong><a href="">House Bill 2210</a> -</strong> Prohibits residents from changing their party affiliation in an election year, from the date of the deadline for candidates to file for office in June through the certification of the results of the August Primary Election.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:39:37 +0000 Kate Clause 32053 at Former Wichita Bank Executive Deryl Schuster Appointed Bank Commissioner Of Kansas <p>Governor Sam Brownback has appointed a former Wichita bank executive to serve as the acting bank commissioner in Kansas.</p><p>Deryl Schuster succeeds Judi Stork, who will return to her duties as deputy commissioner.</p><p>Schuster served most recently as president and CEO of Midwest Community Bank.</p><p>The commissioner works with the state Banking Board to regulate state-chartered banks and trust companies, savings and loan companies, mortgage businesses and other financial institutions.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:21:26 +0000 Associated Press 31429 at Gov. Brownback Visits Schools To Drum Up Support For All-Day Kindergarten <p>Governor Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools on Tuesday to build more support for his proposal to fund all-day Kindergarten across Kansas.</p><p>Governor Brownback has asked legislators to increase state support by $16 million dollars a year over five years, until the program is fully funded.</p><p>The governor is scheduled to visit a classroom in Silver Lake today; he visited a school in Topeka on Monday.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:46:48 +0000 Associated Press 30718 at Terry Presta Of Overland Park Named Executive Director Of The Kansas Lottery <p>Gov, Sam Brownback appointed Terry Presta as the Executive Director of the <a href="">Kansas Lottery </a>Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Presda was the president of Overland Park-based Presto Convenience Stores until December of 2010. Gov.&nbsp;Brownback says Presda brings more than 30 years of experience as a business owner and operator to his new role with the Kansas Lottery.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:57:47 +0000 Kate Clause 26883 at Terry Presta Of Overland Park Named Executive Director Of The Kansas Lottery New Reading Initiative Targeted Towards High-Poverty School Districts <p>Governor Sam Brownback has proposed a new initiative to help school children read.</p><p>He wants to use $9 million in each of the next two years from federal assistance funds for low-income families.</p><p>Most of the money would come from the Department for Children and Families, which would tap funds from federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.</p><p>The program typically provides cash assistance to families in poverty.</p><p>A number of high-poverty urban and rural school districts would be targeted through after-school reading programs.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:40:30 +0000 Associated Press 26341 at Brownback To Announce Plans To Improve Reading Proficiency Among Students <p>Governor Sam Brownback, school officials and other community organizations will announce a plan on Thursday to improve reading proficiency among grade-school students.</p><p>The governor will share more details at a Boys and Girls Club center in Topeka.</p><p>School officials from Chetopa, Galena, and Pittsburg as well as representatives of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Enrichment Network will join him.</p><p>This year, Governor Brownback proposed legislation to hold back students who were not proficient in reading.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:46:55 +0000 Associated Press 26286 at Brownback Discusses Ending Interstate Incentives To Lure Missouri Businesses <p>Governor Sam Brownback says he's open to discussions with Missouri on ending the use of incentives to lure businesses across the border in the Kansas City area.</p><p>On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for an end to using such incentives when companies simply move from one state to the other.</p><p>In a statement, Governor Brownback says he has engaged in active discussion with Nixon about the issue for more than a year.</p><p>He says talks also have included Missouri legislators.</p><p>However, a moratorium may be a hard sell to some Kansas lawmakers.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:39:17 +0000 Associated Press 26225 at Paul Davis Names Jill Docking As Running Mate <p>Democratic lawmaker Paul Davis has named Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking as his running mate in his bid for governor.<br /><br />In 1996, Docking ran unsuccessfully against current Gov.&nbsp;Brownback for a U.S. Senate seat.<br /><br />At a rally in Topeka Tuesday, Docking said her decision to run for lieutenant governor has nothing to do with past political races.<br /><br />She says reckless tax policies and cuts to public education are threatening Kansas' future.<br /> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:35:42 +0000 Stephen Koranda 25239 at Davis Launches Kansas Gubernatorial Bus Tour <p>Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis is launching a four-city bus tour across Kansas to make a campaign announcement.<br /><br />Davis is currently the Kansas House minority leader. He's seeking his party's nomination for the right to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback next November.<br /><br />The Lawrence Democrat will begin his tour Tuesday in Prairie Village, followed by stops at a high school in Topeka and at parks in Salina and Wichita.<br /> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:04:40 +0000 Associated Press 25188 at