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TheChat: Gov. Sam Brownback touts new business creation

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the quotes we go:

▪ “Lifting the income tax burden from small businesses provides hard-working entrepreneurs the flexibility they need to create thriving businesses.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday on what his administration said was 15,780 new businesses established in the state last year.

The 15,780 new businesses was a record, the governor said, and he insisted that his tax cuts have helped generate all those businesses. One issue continues to be whether the new businesses are creating new jobs. The stats don’t bear that out — not yet, anyway.

▪ “The Wisconsin Badger is an Endangered Species.” — a sign by a student protesting a proposal by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to cut higher education funding by $300 million, or 13 percent, over the next two years.

Walker, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, called the cut a fair exchange for a two-year tuition freeze. UW administrators said the cut would mean layoffs.

▪ “There needs to be a certain type of accountability per individual.” — David Lopez, general manager at Manny’s Restaurant in Kansas City, about a state of Missouri crackdown on tips to waiters and waitresses. (link courtesy of

The Department of Revenue is auditing restaurants. They key: If the state finds that cash tips reported at a restaurant don’t reach the level of tips tracked through credit cards, the state is fining the establishment. Hold on! restaurant owners are saying. When a waiter gets a tip, that’s their money. The restaurant never sees it. Restaurant owners flocked to Jeff City Tuesday to demand that the state back off the audits.

▪ “This bill is about putting parents back in control of the information their children receive on sexual education.” — Kansas state Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook, a Shawnee Republican and chairwoman of the Senate Public Health Committee, Tuesday on legislation that would require parental consent for their kids to take human sexuality classes in public schools.

Under current state law, local boards of education decide whether their schools must require parental consent for their kids to enroll in sex ed. Some experts say parents are the best source of such information. But others point out that not all parents are comfortable providing it, and that’s why schools should have a role.