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TheChat: Might Gov. Sam Brownback have to veto his way to a balanced budget?

Good morning.

▪ “There is increasing sotto voce discussion that Gov. Sam Brownback might have to line-item veto his way to a balanced budget.” — Martin Hawver of “Hawver’s Capitol Report” on the possibility that the Legislature will give up and leave town without passing a budget, forcing the governor to cut programs to close the $400 million budget gap.

Such a move, Hawver points out Monday, could force a special session. And get this: If the House walks away without taking action after senators already are on record for passing the largest tax increase in state history, it’ll be hell to pay next year when it comes to relations between the chambers.

▪ “The tax provisions are horrible. It totally taxes the poor and working Kansans. And no matter how you might feel about all the added provisions, this is no way to pass these laws.” — Kansas state Rep. Tom Sawyer, a Democrat, describing the bill the state Senate passed Sunday night that raises the sales tax, adds items like rent and utility bills to the sales tax and hikes the gasoline tax by 16 cents a gallon.

On Monday, the House adjourned without debating the bill, a sign that votes for the Senate measure were lacking. This could extend the session for days, or even weeks.

▪ “Why should that candidate reach out and learn about other areas of the state? Reach out to different types of people or different types of voters? When all they have to do is making one or two or three or four people happy in the state?” — former Missouri state Sen. Scott Rupp, a Wentzville Republican, saying that he now supports some type of campaign donation limit.

Rupp, now a member of the Public Service Commission, said he most regrets his vote to repeal the limits. These days in Missouri, donors can make million-dollar donations to candidates — and they do. Rupp’s remarks were part of a Jason Rosenbaum-Jo Mannies piece that asked whether the state’s no-limit contribution culture will ever change.

▪ “One of the most difficult environments they’ve worked in.” — Missouri state Rep. Stephen Webber, a Columbia Democrat, talking about what’s it’s like for women trying to do their jobs in the Missouri Statehouse.

Funny, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said just about the same thing Monday in a Kansas City radio interview. Some things never change.