▪ “Legislators did not want to reduce the cost of government.” — Dave Trabert, president of the conservative Kansas Policy Institute think tank, criticizing state lawmakers for lacking the courage to cut expenses when they cut taxes in 2013.
A one-time 8.5 percent cut in state government expenditures would have done the trick, Trabert said at a forum. That would have ended concerns over budget deficits and future tax increases. Lawmakers, though, had said such a dramatic cut would have had dire political consequences.
▪ “We’ve given it to law enforcement, and we’re waiting to hear from them.” — Missouri state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, a candidate for attorney general, announcing that he had closed his Capitol office because of a death threat.
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Schaefer, a Columbia Republican, believes the threats stem from his anti-abortion work. Last weekend, a caller to his general Senate phone line issued the threat. (link courtesy of johncombest.com).
▪ “It is prudent to pause the admittance of refugees from Syria ... to ensure we are preventing terrorists from entering our country.” — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster siding with Republicans in calling for blocking the entry of Syrian refugees into the state.
Koster is a Democrat and a candidate for governor next year. Critics said Koster and the Republicans were using the refugees to seek political advantage.
▪ “I’m not unhappy.” — Donald Trump on Bobby Jindal’s decision to drop out of the GOP presidential race.
Jindal is a good man, Trump said, but had been nasty to Trump on the campaign trail.