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Lawmakers, observers react to State of the State speech

  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at 10:36 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.

Here’s what some lawmakers and other observers had to say after Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address on Wednesday night.

“I’m a big supporter of all-day kindergarten and the state funding that. The kids are ready for it.”

– State Treasurer Ron Estes

“He clearly understands that education has to continue to be a priority.”

– Wichita State University President John Bardo

“He made the largest cut in state support for public schools, and he’s trying to save face now. I think it’s too little too late.”

– House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, Brownback’s likely Democratic opponent for governor

“That’s kind of the theme behind a lot of we’ve been trying to do. … It’s time we returned more power to the people and away from the government.”

– Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, R-Palco

“He didn’t seem like he’s got a whole lot of energy tonight. Even the clapping was like, ‘OK, we’ve got to clap on taxes and God.’ ”

– Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita

“It’s an election year. He did a lot of heavy lifting last year. ... The 2014 State of the State is sort of an extension of the 2013 (legislative) session.”

– Bob Beatty, professor of political science, Washburn University

“I’m glad somebody finally realized Native Americans need to be apologized to.”

– Rep. Les Osterman, R-Wichita, member of the Rosebud Tribe of the Oglala Sioux

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