Five revelations from Sam Brownback's big speech
The Kansas City Star
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s state-of-the-state address was nobody’s idea of a blockbuster, but it did have its revelations. Here are five.
1) For the first time, Brownback said he would be supportive of state Supreme Court justices being elected. This is a truly a bad idea. Groups financed by Koch Industries – or anybody else — should not be allowed to buy themselves a judiciary.
2) The governor said he ultimately wants to take the income tax to zero. A year ago, he was talking about reductions in the income tax, not its elimination. “Look out Texas, here comes Kansas,” Brownback said. He made no mention of Texas’s poor education outcomes and broken health care system.
3) Brownback pledged to spend $12 million on programs to help schoolchildren struggling with reading. This is a great idea, but you have to wonder what he intends to cut to free up that money.
4) The governor’s budget 2014 budget, to be unveiled Wednesday, will recommend funding for a new medical training building at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Assuming the money can actually be found, that will come as great news in Lawrence and Kansas City, Kan.
5) Brownback, who is a control freak, wants to sweep the Kansas Turnpike Authority under his wing. He says it will “serve the public better and more efficiently.” We’ll be looking for some data on that.