WICHITA, Kansas — Democratic challenger Paul Davis is announcing this week he now has more than 500 Republicans backing him in the race for Governor.
“The formation of Republicans for Kansas Values,” explained former state senator Wit Winter, “It was an unprecedented group.”
Winter explained at a Wichita rally for Davis that the group now has nearly 550 names on the list.
Meanwhile, Republican Governor Sam Brownback was busy campaigning with his own message on Tuesday.
“It’s time to surge and push forward,” says Brownback. “I’m delighted to have Carly here today. She’s a strong voice.”
Brownback is talking about Carly Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who came to Wichita to campaign for Brownback. The group Women for Brownback sponsored a large Republican gathering Tuesday.
KSN asked both of them about their number one issue. Both are still talking school finance. Both have very different ideas about school funding.
” Well, we’ve got a record amount of money going into education,” said Brownback. “And the amount has gone up every year from the state of Kansas that I have been in office.”
“That simply is not true,” said Davis on Tuesday. “The governor is trying to count apples as oranges. What he is trying to do is count dollars that have gone into the teacher pension system as dollars that have gone into our classrooms and that simply has not occurred.”
Davis is wooing moderate Republicans and unaffiliated voters worried about tax cuts enacted at Brownback’s urging, which have dropped the state’s top personal income tax rate by 26 percent and exempted the owners of 191,000 businesses from income taxes altogether. Brownback contends the reductions are boosting the economy, but the Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff predicts a $260 million budget shortfall by July 2016.
Brownback, meanwhile, continues to talk about his tax breaks offered to businesses starting in 2012 as a way to grow the economy.
“It’s working. We just need to give it time,” said Brownback at an event this week. “Businesses need to be able to invest and reinvest.”