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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Brownback has fundraiser at Mac museum

  • Governor Sam Brownback visited McPherson Tuesday for a fundraising event at the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation's new facility.
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  • Governor Sam Brownback visited McPherson Tuesday for a fundraising event at the McPherson Museum & Arts Foundation's new facility.
    He also visited the oil refinery and watched the museum's movie about the 1936 Globe Refiners team, which won the gold medal in the 1936 Olympics.
    Brownback said he sees job creation, strengthening families, education and pushing back the federal government as top issues facing the sate.
    “These are things I've worked on during my first term, and I'll continue to work on them next term,” he said.
    He claimed during his term as governor, Kansas has increased funding to K-12 and technical education, created jobs and enacted welfare reform to encourage people to work and strengthen families. He also said the state has increased funding to KPERS, the state's retirement program for public employees.
    Brownback said he's been disappointed with coverage of the state's stand on education, which he said has largely ignored positive steps the state has taken to support education during her term as governor.
    “A lot of it's been misinformation,” he said. “Every year I've been in office, we've put more money in K-12 education, and people won't look at the actual numbers.”
    He said technical education in Kansas has seen a 200 percent increase since he took office, and the state has also supported programs, such as a fourth-grade reading initiative, to boost education throughout the state.
    “I would hope people look at the full body of what we've done,” Brownback said. “We support education, and we'll continue to support education.”
    Brownback said he thinks reducing the deficit and securing borders are top issues in the United States today. He also said states should push back against federal overreach.
    “There's a big push by the federal government to do things that have been done locally before,” he said. “That power needs to remain with the states.”

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