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If there was any confusion about Gov. Sam Brownback’s position on Medicaid expansion, there isn’t any more. He made it clear in his state of the state speech last night that he’s opposed to it despite rising concerns about rural hospitals.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback laid out his legislative goals during the 2016 State of the State address Tuesday night. He took the president to task and touched on high-profile state issues like education spending. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on some of the governor’s priorities and what he left out of the speech.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is requesting federal help for areas of Kansas hurt by recent flooding.

The Department of Energy Management issued a release about the governor's request last week. The disaster declaration request was sent to the Small Business Administration as a result of flooding that occurred in Cherokee County, Kan., late last month.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback hopes a new mentoring program can help lift Kansans out of poverty.

The program will match people on cash assistance in Kansas with volunteer mentors. Brownback announced the program and encouraged people to sign up to help.

“You will be the better for it. The person that volunteers to help out and mentor somebody out of poverty, you will get more out of this than anybody else. I guarantee that,” Brownback says.

Jim Echols will head the program. He says the goal is teaching the skills needed to be successful in education and employment.

Bryan Thompson

This year was a memorable one for Kansas state government. Lawmakers tangled over a variety of issues during the longest Kansas legislative session in history. To wrap up 2015, KPR’s Stephen Koranda looks back at a few of the most high-profile events at the Statehouse this year.

It was supposed to be a 90-day session, but Kansas lawmakers worked on tax and budget issues for a record 114 days. That was seven days longer than the previous record set back in 2002.

Bryan Thompson

As Kansas lawmakers prepare for the 2016 legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing his annual budget message.

The governor will deliver his State of the State Address to the Kansas Legislature at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the House chamber. In accordance with Section 5 of Article 1 of the Kansas Constitution, the governor will provide lawmakers with information on the condition of the state.

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The 2016 Kansas legislative session starts next month. KPR’s Stephen Koranda sat down to talk with Gov. Sam Brownback about his outlook on taxes, the budget and education.

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Some university officials in Kansas could be making a push next legislative session to keep concealed guns off college campuses, but Gov. Sam Brownback does not seem interested in changing the law.

Universities currently have an exemption to state law allowing them to ban concealed weapons, but that will end in 2017. In a recent interview, Brownback said constitutional rights extend onto college campuses.

Brownback Names Interim KDADS Secretary

Dec 11, 2015

Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday named Tim Keck as interim secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Keck will fill the vacancy created when Kari Bruffett leaves to work as director of policy for the Kansas Health Institute, parent organization of the editorially independent KHI News Service.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says he favors an audit of the state's foster care and adoption programs.

The governor made the comments Tuesday amid criticism that the Department for Children and Families discriminates against same-sex couples in adoptions and foster care.

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