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TheChat: A look back at what Kansas leaders said on a fateful day in state history


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▪ “I'm going to sign this bill. I'm excited about the prospects for it, and I'm very thankful how God has blessed our state.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on the day in 2012 that he signed that massive tax-cut package.

The Topeka Capital-Journal went back and examined statements by tax-cut supporters at the time. One conclusion: There was little hint at the time of the turmoil that lie ahead.

▪ “We’re hurting other states because of our inactions.” — Missouri state Rep. Holly Rehder, a Sikeston Republican, on her state’s lack of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

The lack of a program means that residents in the eight states that border Missouri can come into the Show-Me State, “get their pills from us, take them home and sell them,” said Rehder. Each of the bordering states has a monitoring program that notifies doctors when their patients have been prescribed dangerous amounts of addictive painkillers. (link via

▪ “I just wish they wouldn't come back the week after we pass the budget and give away special interest tax breaks and put me as the governor — or whoever the governor is — in a situation of having to actually balance the budget.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on tax breaks that lawmakers passed for goods and services ranging from wheelchairs to yoga classes.

Nixon, a Democrat, says the tax cuts could cost as much as $80 million and knock the budget out of balance. His critics say he’s exaggerating the scope of the problem.

▪ “We’re definitely pushing for it, if not a bill, then at least a resolution.” — Kansas state Rep. John Whitmer, a Wichita Republican, on a proposal he and other conservative lawmakers will try to run next week expressing the Legislature’s displeasure with the federal guidance on transgender school bathroom use.

Lawmakers apparently won’t have time to pass a law, so a non-binding resolution is the likely result.