Today’s hot quotes:
• “The broken healthcare.gov website has captured the nation’s attention, but this is more than a website problem. We are also concerned about what happens next.” — Michigan Congressman Fred Upton in the weekend Republican address.
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• “We are at a pivotal moment. We can talk these issues to death, but without vision we won’t be able to address these priorities.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaking at a water policy conference in Manhattan.Give Brownback credit. A former state agriculture secretary, he’s made water conservation — and preserving the Ogallala Aquifer that serves much of Kansas — a priority. At the conference, he called for a 50-year management plan. But he needs more buy-in from farmers and other ag interests, which is tough to get in what has turned out to be another drought year in western Kansas.
• “We are spending less than our parents spent on educating us and our grandparents spent on educating them.” — John Heim, executive director of the Kansas Association of School Boards on state spending on schools.Heim spoke at a Kansas Economic Policy Conference, which focused on income tax cuts implemented by Brownback and the Republican-majority Legislature over the past two years. One message from the conference: Schools are being jeopardized.
• “He’s a good man. Excuse me — he’s a GREAT man.” — Former NBA great Shaquille O’Neal endorsing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for re-election.