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Davis Pushes Education Funding in KS Gov Race

Davis 9-2-2014 by SK-smallPhoto by Stephen KorandaPaul Davis, the Democratic candidate for Kansas governor, is making public schools a cornerstone of his campaign. At a stop today (TUE) in Topeka, Davis said if Republican Governor Sam Brownback is re-elected, that would mean cuts to schools in the future. Davis says tax cuts pushed by Brownback will lead to deficits, which will in turn, lead to funding cuts for education


“We can make our schools a priority again. We can invest in our children and our future. And with strong schools we can attract businesses and jobs and get our economy growing the way it should be growing,” says Davis.

But Davis offered few details of what he would do as governor. He says he would freeze the tax cuts in January 2015 to ease pressure on the budget. A spokesperson for the Brownback campaign says Davis is distorting the governor’s record and isn’t offering specifics of his own plans.

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Paul Davis, the Democratic candidate for Kansas governor, continues to push public schools as the cornerstone of his campaign. At a stop in Topeka, Davis claimed a second term for Republican Governor Sam Brownback could mean cuts to public schools. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.


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Davis, speaking at an elementary school, pointed to a report from the non-partisan Kansas Legislative Research Department. It shows the state facing a more than $200 million budget deficit in 2016. Davis says the tax cuts pushed by Brownback will lead to the deficit, which will in turn, lead to funding cuts for education.

“We can make our schools a priority again. We can invest in our children and our future. And with strong schools we can attract businesses and jobs and get our economy growing the way it should be growing,” says Davis.

But Davis offered few details of what he would do as governor. He would propose freezing the tax cuts in January 2015 to ease pressure on the budget. A spokesperson for the Brownback campaign, John Milburn, says Davis is distorting the governor’s record, and Milburn says Davis supported budgets in 2009 and 2010 that cut education funding.

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