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Gov.  Sam Brownback has proclaimed Wednesday "Armed Forces Appreciation Day" in Kansas.

The governor says it's "a chance to show our deep gratitude for their service and sacrifice--and the sacrifice made by their families. Today we pledge our support for them in peace, in crisis, and in war." 

Brownback Says State’s Low Public Health Preparedness Ranking Too Harsh

Jan 3, 2013

Gov. Sam Brownback and others in his administration are challenging a recent national report that ranked Kansas low for public health preparedness.

The critical report was issued by the non-profit Trust for America's Health. In it, Kansas and Montana tied for last place in rankings of public health preparedness. That means the state isn't as prepared as others to respond to public health threats, such as infectious diseases, food-borne illnesses, bio-terrorism, even extreme weather events.

Brownback Seeks To Merge JJA With Corrections

Dec 11, 2012
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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.

Brownback Believes U.S. Will Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Nov 28, 2012
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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.

Childhood Poverty Task Force to Meet

Nov 19, 2012
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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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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.

Brownback, Dems Have Differing Views Of Tax Plan

Sep 11, 2012
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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. 

Panel Raises Issue Of Kan. Public Defender Funding

Aug 30, 2012

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.

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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.

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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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