Lawmakers, observers react to State of the State speech

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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