Gov. Brownback

Brownback's Democratic Challenger Could Surface Soon

Jul 22, 2013

We could hear of a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback by Labor Day.

The Democrats most often mentioned as potential candidates are Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence; businesswoman and former Board of Regents member Jill Docking of Wichita, and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, of Ellsworth County.

Democrats say their nominee will need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and build statewide name recognition early.

State administration officials say they're confident that Kansas will retain a strong credit rating, despite a recent downgrade on bonds and concerns about the effect of state income tax cuts.

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Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau returned from Topeka last week after "sine die," the ceremonial adjournment at the statehouse. KMUW’s Carla Eckels sat down with Faust-Goudeau, a democrat, to discuss some of her views about the 2013 legislative session.

School Districts Getting Paid For Successful Tech Students

Jun 26, 2013

The state is rewarding Kansas school districts for trying to get students certified in technical education specialties.

Gov. Brownback presented $703,000 in checks to 111 districts Tuesday.

The state awards districts with $1,000 for each student who completes a technical education program and earns certification through a state vocational or technical college.

The funds are part of a program the state launched in 2012 to increase the number of certified technicians to meet industry demands.

A task force appointed by the governor has wrapped up a series of meetings looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas. They discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.

The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.

The University of Kansas is wrestling with how to cut $13.5 million dollars 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 dollars in cuts.

Brownback Signs 2-Year Budget

Jun 17, 2013

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Saturday showed his frustration with part of the state budget passed by the GOP-dominated Kansas Legislature by vetoing the entire Department of Corrections allotment for fiscal year 2015.

Brownback signed the bill containing a budget of more than $14 billion for each of the next two fiscal years, starting in July.

Although the governor used his power to veto multiple line items, most of the decisions made by lawmakers about spending will take effect.

Gov. Sam Brownback is leading a trade delegation to the Paris Air Show this week.

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

May 28, 2013

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.

May 7, 2013
Bryan Thompson / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.

The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas.

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