Sam Brownback in 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches

On Budget & Economy: The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end

Tomorrow, I will present in detail a structurally balanced budget. This budget is balanced. The days of "tax first, cut never" have come to an end. As President Bill Clinton even observed, "The era of big government is over." Can we really ask Kansans to pay more for a government that maintains separate bureaucracies to license the practice of barbering AND cosmetology? Our budget will fix that. Do we continue to need separate departments to regulate the state insurance and securities markets? Our budget will address that too.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Kansas Legislature Jan 10, 2017

On Education: TeachersKan: scholarship program for Kansas college students

Projects like the EducationSuperHighway pave the way toward connectivity in the classroom so students can begin interacting with the tools of our time. We must prepare today's students for tomorrow's workforce. Every student, in every classroom, will have affordable, effective, high-speed internet.

Across the nation there is a growing demand for teachers. We must recruit talented educators to come to Kansas, but outdated regulations sometimes prevent this. Simple reforms in the teacher certification system can create a pathw