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Government
5:54 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Brownback Seeks To Merge JJA With Corrections

The Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with the Department of Corrections. The governor says he’ll propose an executive reorganization order in the coming legislative session to merge the two agencies.

Brownback says a Legislative Post Audit report this summer showed that the social services approach of previous administration failed to provide safety and security. He says the merger will improve safety, and that programs proven to get youth back on the right path will continue.

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Government
5:49 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Brownback Believes U.S. Will Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Gov. Brownback at a media event earlier this year.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Governor Brownback has some perspective on the issue of the Fiscal Cliff, having served in both the U.S. House and Senate.

He says going over the cliff could have a significant impact on Kansas. One example would be cuts to defense spending, which could affect military facilities in the state. But right now, he’s optimistic.

"The idea that we'd actually go over the fiscal cliff does not seem to me like one that's likely to happen," says Brownback.

He also says what lawmakers may do is delay at least some of the tax increases and spending cuts.

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Government
5:37 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Childhood Poverty Task Force to Meet

Phyllis Gilmore during an appearance on the KTWU program I've Got Issues.
Credit KTWU

A task force appointed to look for ways to reduce child poverty will meet for the first time Monday in Topeka. Governor Sam Brownback created the task force to look for ways the state can help reduce the number of Kansas kids living in poverty. 

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Government
1:52 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Brownback Wants Tax Credits For Wind To Continue

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Gov. Sam Brownback urged the extension of the wind Production Tax Credit at a news conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C., held by the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition.

Brownback is part of the bipartisan group of governors that is working to get the tax credit extended during the lame duck session of congress that began Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters and legislators by phone, Brownback said there was almost 1400 megawatts of wind energy produced in Kansas in 2012, but the uncertainty around the credit was causing the industry to slow.

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Politics
6:52 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Brownback, Dems Have Differing Views Of Tax Plan

Protesters hold a sign outside Brownback's speech on the KU campus.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

During a speech at the University of Kansas Monday, Governor Sam Brownback touted a tax-cutting bill he signed into law earlier this year. 

The plan will cut personal income tax rates and eliminate income taxes for nearly 200,000 businesses.  Brownback said that could help attract people and jobs to the state. 

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Politics
12:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Panel Raises Issue Of Kan. Public Defender Funding

During a confirmation hearing, a group of state senators raised their concerns about the level of support for funding the Kansas public defender system.

Questions were raised yesterday during hearings to confirm appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback to various state agency positions. Among them were Paul Eugene Beck and Kevin Mark Smith, who were named to the Board of Indigent Defense.

Senator Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, asked the pair if they would be willing to press Brownback for funding to keep the public defenders' office functioning.

Politics
11:17 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov Brownback, Shawnee County DA Disagree On Alleged Open Meetings Violations

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks with reporters Monday at the Statehouse.
Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Brownback held a series of legislative dinners at Cedar Crest earlier this year. More than 90 lawmakers, virtually all Republicans, were invited.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the investigation looked at whether the legislative dinners violated the open meetings act.

Headlines
11:07 am
Tue August 28, 2012

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Governor’s Open Meeting Issues Continue

Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

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