Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback snuck behind closed doors Wednesday to sign a controversial school funding bill.
He gathered a few like-minded Republicans behind him, had a photo taken of the ceremony, then released a statement about what he had done.
So why did Brownback take the cowardly way out, rather than have a public signing event that others could have attended?
Here are three possible reasons:
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1. Brownback didn’t want to have to listen to anything said by critics of the law, such as the many teachers and school administrators who oppose the new block grants in it.
2. He didn’t want to give the media a chance to ask him any tough questions about how the bill really doesn’t do what he claims — send a lot more money to school districts to hire additional teachers.
3. The governor was afraid that he’d say something stupid and go overboard in promising what would happen thanks to this law. Remember his “shot of adrenaline” quote about how his tax cuts would jumpstart the Kansas economy, something residents are still waiting for three years later?
Hold on: Actually, Brownback offered that quotation in a newspaper Op-ed.
The governor obviously isn’t bashful about saying brash stuff about his plans for Kansas’ future.
He should have bitten the bullet and let the public — which pays billions of dollars a year to operate K-12 schools — watch him sign a law that he campaigned for and that, he claims, will be a good thing for Kansas children.