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Brownback Criticized Over Policy on Court Hopefuls

Associated Press - July 11, 2013 8:41 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he is "looking at everything" to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state's income tax policy.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he is "looking at everything" to fill a projected $279 million budget deficit for this fiscal year, including the possibility of tweaking the state's income tax policy.

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s critics are not mollified by his latest statement outlining why he won’t release the names of applicants for a new Kansas Court of Appeals seat.

Brownback said Thursday that releasing the names would discourage some qualified applicants from coming forward.

The League of Women Voters of Kansas had pushed the governor’s office to release the names. President Dolores Furtado said the group is “profoundly disappointed.”

The new judge will be chosen under a selection process in effect this month. The governor will make the appointment, subject to Senate confirmation.

Previously, a nominating commission screened applicants and named three finalists, with no role for lawmakers after the governor’s appointment.

Kansas Values Institute Executive Director Ryan Wright said Brownback has “closed off” scrutiny of the appointment.

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