Gov. Sam Brownback said Kansas is headed in the right direction during a Republican luncheon Friday in McPherson.
Brownback said people are wanting more money to go to programs in the state, but the state must grow its economy before it can invest in these programs.
“... rather than the blue-state model that you raise taxes on everybody, so you get more money into the government and then you disrupt it. Then people walk out of your state. People act economically rational. Our model is to grow to invest.”
Brownback said the model of government in Kansas hopefully will migrate to the federal level.
“You don’t change America by changing Washington,” he said. “You change America by changing states.”
Brownback also plugged his new Kancare model of managed care for Medicaid recipients.
Under the new program, Medicaid patients now have access to bariatric services and dental care. The state has been able to do this because it is saving money through efficiency, he said.
Brownback concluded with praise for McPherson.
“If they were to refilm ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ they’d do it in McPherson,” he said.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp also addressed the group of Republicans.
He expressed disappoint of the status quo in Washington, D.C.
“Do you think Hillary is telling the truth about Benghazi?” he said. The group said no. “Do you think Obama is going to support your Second Amendment rights?” Huelskamp said. The group said no.
Huelskamp said he anticipated Congress will pass a Farm Bill this summer. He said Kansas is poised to be able to provide products, such as wheat, pork and beef, to markets in South Korea.
“We have growth opportunities if we can get government out of the way,” he said.
Huelskamp urged the audience to keep their congressmen accountable.
“Keep us in your prayers as we make these tough decisions to rebuild America,” he said.
Ron Estes, Kansas treasurer, noted the state is doing much better fiscally today than it was when he took office. His first year in office, the state’s checking account balance was $876.05. This morning it was $670 million.
“The legislature is making a lot of tough decisions as they work on next year’s budget,” Estes said. “We are not out of the woods yet, but we are heading in the right direction.”
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Topeka has become a Republican stronghold just as McPherson is.
Page 2 of 2 - He touted the success of the voter ID law he championed.
He said 1.2 million people voted in the last general election in Kansas. In that election, 838 voters were required to cast provisional ballots because they did not show ID. Three hundred of those people brought their IDs into election officials in order to verify their votes, he said.
Kobach also supported legislation that would protect guns manufactured in Kansas from federal gun regulations. He said people have called Topeka from 49 of the 50 states in support of that legislation. This legislation is now facing federal opposition.
Also in attendance at the luncheon were Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, Rep. Clark Shultz, McPherson city officials, McPherson County commissioners, and representatives of the county, district and state Republican Party.