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By Steve King
Topic - Sam Brownback
Kansas' top environmental regulator gave the go-ahead Friday for the construction of a $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant, only days before the federal government was expected to announce new rules for utilities designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Kansas collected $217 million less in taxes than it expected in May, news that is likely to intensify a political debate over income tax cuts championed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, though his administration said Friday that the shortfall is a temporary problem tied to federal tax issues.
The Hutchinson News, May 23
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration announced Tuesday an investment of $9.5 million in state and federal funds to expand mental health services and agency coordination.
Drought conditions are continuing to worsen in Kansas despite recent rain, prompting Gov. Sam Brownback to declare half the state in a drought emergency.
The Manhattan Mercury, May 15
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is shuffling his administration, naming the head of the state's aging and disabilities agency to be his new budget director.
Teachers and education advocates protested Saturday at the Kansas Statehouse against what they described as Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's policies attacking public schools.
Kansas is seen as hostile political territory for Democratic President Barack Obama, but part of the crowd at a Topeka event featuring first lady Michelle Obama booed Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday vetoed a $5 million transfer from the state's share of a national tobacco settlement that legislators sought to divert to the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Gov. Sam Brownback said Thursday that Kansas is helping home buyers and its economy by phasing out a mortgage registration fee, but the state's counties are bracing for revenue losses.
Kansas will give its residents more information about the activities of law enforcement agencies under a new law taking effect in July.
Kansas needs to make more spending cuts to offset tax cuts enacted by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature last year, but it won't be easy, a report released by Moody's Investor Services this week said.
The Clay Center Dispatch, May 8
The state's top environmental regulator is considering whether to clear the way again for a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas, but environmentalists contend that Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is taking short cuts to ensure that the $2.8 billion project is built.
"If he will start working with the Congress, legitimately engage, bring people over to the White House or go over to Capitol Hill and talk to people, I think you've got a real shot at tax reform," he said on CNBC, immediately following the interview with the president.
But getting something accomplished will require a personal initiative by the president, said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.