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Kansas would miss earmarks

"Earmark" has become a four-letter word in Kansas as well as much of the country. But the state has a lot to lose in a moratorium or ban. According to, Kansas ranks 17th among states for earmarks per capita, with $54.81 in 2010 and $60.37 in 2009. Two of the retirements in the delegation will have a major impact: Sen. Sam Brownback's individual earmarks in 2010 were $119 million; Rep. Todd Tiahrt's were $63.4 million.