Sam Brownback in 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Budget & Economy: The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end

Tomorrow, I will present in detail a structurally balanced budget. This budget is balanced. The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end. As President Bill Clinton even observed, "The era of big government is over." Can we really ask Kansans to pay more for a government that maintains separate bureaucracies to license the practice of barbering AND cosmetology? Our budget will fix that. Do we continue to need separate departments to regulate the state insurance and securities markets? Our budget will address that too.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Kansas Legislature Jan 10, 2017

On Education: TeachersKan: scholarship program for Kansas college students

Projects like the EducationSuperHighway pave the way toward connectivity in the classroom so students can begin interacting with the tools of our time. We must prepare today's students for tomorrow's workforce. Every student, in every classroom, will have affordable, effective, high-speed internet.

Across the nation there is a growing demand for teachers. We must recruit talented educators to come to Kansas, but outdated regulations sometimes prevent this. Simple reforms in the teacher certification system can create a pathway bringing more teachers to Kansas.

We also have a responsibility to build up the next generation of educators. College costs can make this difficult. That is why I've announced the launch of TeachersKan, a new scholarship program for Kansas college students. If you are a successful Kansas student and commit to teaching in a hard to fill discipline or underserved community, we will help equip you to become a teacher of tomorrow.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Kansas Legislature Jan 10, 2017

On Health Care: Refusing ObamaCare like declining a discount on the Titanic

Amid much discussion and dissent, our Administration determined that early adoption of ObamaCare was not in the best interests of Kansas, and returned a $31.5 million grant designed to establish a Kansas exchange. Six years later, the wisdom of that decision is obvious.

Of the 23 state exchanges established under ObamaCare, a majority have failed, at a cost of billions including significant hits to state budgets. As major insurers abandon the few remaining state exchanges, the decision to refuse early adoption looks increasingly like declining a discount ticket on the Titanic.

The same holds true for the policy choice not to take the bait on Medicaid expansion. You've heard the promise--hundreds of thousands more beneficiaries at zero cost to the state--all paid for with 'free' federal money. It would be foolish to endorse the ObamaCare expansion of Medicaid now--akin to airlifting on to the Titanic. Kansas was right. Kansas should stay the course.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Kansas Legislature Jan 10, 2017

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