Politics & Government

Capitol Beats: ‘If you don’t have power and you don’t have water, you’re out of business’


Capitol Beats

Check this spot on Sundays for a few quick hits about what’s driving the debate in the Legislature.

Say what?

“The constituents in my district are still calling me saying, ‘can you help me get a job?’ ”

– Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, responding to Gov. Sam Brownback speaking about economic growth in his State of the State address

“If you don’t have power and you don’t have water, you’re out of business.”

– Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, noting Democrats and Republicans will cooperate to create a 50-year water plan advocated by Brownback in the State of the State


That’s the number of claims denied by KanCare providers between January and November 2013, according to a report by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. That’s approximately 16 percent of all claims.


It was Gov. Sam Brownback’s week. He delivered his State of the State address and unveiled his budget adjustments. In his speech Wednesday, Brownback took an opportunity to pat himself and fellow Republicans on the back for tax cuts, which he and his cabinet argued have spurred enough economic growth to fund all-day kindergarten.

News ahead

The entire Capitol and state are still waiting to find out how the Supreme Court will rule in the school funding case, as another Friday has passed without a verdict. Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, made sure to remind everyone that fact when Brownback introduced his budget proposals, which do not factor in a decision from the court for more school funding per student.

How to contact lawmakers

To learn how you can call or e-mail south-central Kansas lawmakers, go to Page A or go to kansas.com/politics.

Bryan Lowry