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So they said


▪  “It is my theory, in 20 years we in the state of Kansas will look at the Brownback administration and he will be a hero, because he will have got our house in order.” – Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, speaking at a community meeting in El Dorado

▪  “What it does is denigrate and disrespect people who are struggling, and it’s being done for political purposes, not (to) save money and not to protect the system.” – Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, about legislation to impose more restrictions on welfare and food stamp recipients

▪  “I am one of those blessed by the governor who does not pay Kansas income tax. But my employees do. How fair is that? It obviously is not fair. It’s nuts.” – Rep. Tom Moxley, R-Council Grove, a rancher favoring reform broader than a rollback of the 100 percent business tax exemption

▪  “There is too much hate.” – Rep. John Doll, R-Garden City, saying too many lawmakers agree with Gov. Sam Brownback on the issue for the Legislature to block his withdrawal from the federal refugee resettlement program

▪  “What is chicken ‘enrichment’ anyway? It could be yoga; that might be difficult. Video games? They do that for various animals. Sports? A gourmet meal? I think probably music is the best thing we can do to entice the chickens to come out and be happier, you know, free range, roaming around. I think probably Ray Price would be the best person. Certainly not Prince.” – U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., mocking proposed USDA rules for treatment of chickens that produce organic eggs