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Brunk wants to shrink invasive state government

Rep. Steve Brunk, R-Wichita, thinks a key to solving the state’s budget problems is shrinking state government in areas where it has become “invasive rather than helpful” and to favor private-sector solutions to problems. “There is a general belief in Kansas and across the country that government has become too big, too powerful, too disconnected from individual citizens,” he told WIBW News in Topeka. “So the results of that is that freedoms and liberties are being eroded.” He said that lawmakers will review each state agency and consider shutting down any agency not providing a value-added service. – Phillip Brownlee