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TheChat: Speaker John Boehner decries Obama proposals


It’s the day after the morning after the State of the Union. Track that?

▪ “Fantasy land proposals.” — House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday criticizing President Barack Obama’s proposals in his State of the Union address.

In the speaker’s view, Obama offered the same ol’ same ol’: “more taxes, more government.” Other Republicans said the key to boosting the fortunes of the middle class is tax cuts. Obama did offer the middle class paid leave and free community college, but that wasn’t Republicans had in mind. Neither idea is expected to get much traction in the GOP-led Congress.

▪ “Absolutely.” — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida on Wednesday when asked if Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst gave a better State of the Union response than he did last year.

He’s right. Then again, the bar was pretty low. Remember Rubio reaching for a bottle of water during the speech? Late-night talk show hosts went wild on that.

▪ “The amount is disappointing. This is going to create problems for our schools. ... It could mean teacher layoffs.” — Mike Wood, government relations director for the Missouri State Teachers Association, on Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal for a $50 million increase in basic school aid.

Under Nixon’s plan, an additional $79 million on top of the $50 million could be sent to schools if lawmakers pass several measures, including Medicaid expansion, which isn’t likely. (link via

▪  “The real cut, if you’re going to call it a cut, is $22 million.” — Kansas state Sen. Ty Masterson, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, on a report from the state Education Department, which concluded that the state is cutting $127.4 million from public schools’ regular K-12 operating budgets next year.

Republicans are disputing the $127 million figure. Either way, officials can now argue that Brownback’s tax-cut plan is resulting in school cuts.