Sam Brownback today voted to block federal assistance to Kansas which would keep the state budget in balance, prevent teacher layoffs and reduce the federal deficit $1.4 billion over the next decade.
"Sam Brownback has once again sided with wealthy special interests over everyday Kansans by jeopardizing our schools, our public safety and services for our most vulnerable citizens," said gubernatorial candidate Tom Holland. "Brownback is out of excuses. With a single vote, Brownback supported a higher federal deficit and a new Kansas deficit all at once. If this is the damage Brownback can cause from Washington, imagine what he could do in Topeka.
"That's why I'm offering Kansans a moderate, pragmatic choice on Election Day. As governor, I will continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to balance the budget while protecting our schools, our communities and our most vulnerable Kansans."
These federal funds have already been calculated into Kansas' budget for fiscal year 2011. Their inclusion was first proposed by Republican leadership in the Kansas House, and ultimately included in the Kansas Senate's version of the budget which passed with a Republican majority.
Brownback had previously said that he would vote for the assistance to Kansas if it did not contribute to the federal deficit. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concluded the final legislation will reduce the federal deficit; despite this, Brownback continued to vote against the measure.
 S.A. 4575 to H.R. 1586 http://dpc.senate.gov/dpcdoc.cfm?doc_name=lb-111-2-133