‘Delusional,’ ‘A total disconnect from reality’: NEJC legislators react to Brownback’s State of the State

Gov. Sam Brownback
Gov. Sam Brownback

We asked northeast Johnson County’s delegation to the statehouse for their reactions to Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address on Tuesday. Here’s what they had to say:

Sen. Barbara Bollier

Not surprisingly, there was a total disconnect from reality in the Governor’s State of the State address. The number one issue facing Kansas is a structural imbalance in the budget, and he never even addressed that issue. His claim that the LLC tax cut is the source of small business growth does not ring true. Trying to increase medical providers in rural Kansas by building a new medical school and dental school while cutting provider reimbursement is just plain crazy. And one must ask, “Just where is the money going to come from to pay for these ideas?” And then his refusal to address the current $350 million budget shortfall but pass it off onto the legislature when it was his tax plan that created the problem…how dare he!