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Brownback expands roadmap

By The Herald Staff | 8/18/2014

TOPEKA — Federal government overreach will be Gov. Sam Brownback’s next target he announced Monday as part of his Road Map 2.0.

At a news conference at the Wichita Area Builders Association, Brownback told an audience that states are seeing assaults on their sovereignty, placing the rights and freedoms of residents in jeopardy, according to a news release.

TOPEKA — Federal government overreach will be Gov. Sam Brownback’s next target he announced Monday as part of his Road Map 2.0.

At a news conference at the Wichita Area Builders Association, Brownback told an audience that states are seeing assaults on their sovereignty, placing the rights and freedoms of residents in jeopardy, according to a news release.

“As governor of Kansas, I have sworn to uphold the state Constitution and protect the rights of all Kansas residents. That includes taking a stand against encroachment upon the rights and freedoms that we all cherish, regardless of the source of the threat,” Brownback said.

Of the issues Brownback believes the federal government overreached authority, he listed President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency regulations, the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened” species, regulations proposed by the EPA to regulate Kansas ponds and ditches, possible legal actions against Kansas gun laws, the aviation industry and public education regarding classrooms and lunchrooms.

The new EPA regulations are costing Kansas businesses and families $227 million more per year in increased utility bills, Brownback said. He said he will continue to support an all-inclusive energy policy that supports domestic production of affordable and reliable energy.

As for the Affordable Care Act, health insurance costs are expected to increase by 129 percent for many Kansans and 22 percent for a family of four, he said. He said he will continue to seek Kansas solutions to its health care challenges.

The listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a “threatened” species endangers the private property rights of thousands of Kansans, he said. Brownback signed legislation and filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, he said, to protect the interests of Kansans from these new harmful federal regulations.

The EPA regulation of Kansas ponds and ditches would likely require permits for routine agricultural activities, he said. Brownback has sent a letter to Obama asking him to withdraw the proposed rule and directed the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Environment to file formal comments in opposition to the regulation, he said.

The aviation industry, one of the largest industries in Wichita, is under attack by the Obama Administration, Brownback said. Obama opposed corporate aircraft manufacturers and damaged relationships with friendly nations that are potential customers for the defense aviation industry, Brownback said. He said he will continue to support the men and women who work hard every day to produce the world’s best airplanes.

And when it came to Kansas education standards, Brownback said he favors local control for standards, assessments, and accreditation.

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