Whipple introduces bill to re-instate due process rights for Kansas teachers

TOPEKA – Citing a need to treat teachers fairly and with greater respect, Rep. Brandon Whipple, D-Wichita, introduced a bill to reinstate due process rights for all Kansas teachers.  “Our public school teachers in Kansas are professionals who deserve to be treated with resp…

Kansas Democrats unveil proposals to grow Kansas middle class

TOPEKA - Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, and House Democratic Leader Tom Burroughs, of Kansas City, were joined by members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses today to unveil their priorities to grow and protect middle class Kansas families. “Kansans First…

Burroughs comments on Brownback's latest education cuts

House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs issued the following statement in response to the Sam Brownback's latest education cuts: "Gov. Brownback's statement today is so out of touch with reality that it is almost offensive. The truth is that our classrooms are at 1992-levels of funding and gett…

Kansas revenues continue to plummet under Brownback

House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs issued the following statement in response to the $47 million revenue shortfall for the month of January: "These numbers are like a financial nightmare, and it's a nightmare that will end tragically if the Governor doesn't wake up soon. There are only so …

Democrats: Brownback experiment hurting Kansans

In a news conference tonight at the Kansas State Capitol, Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley (Topeka) and House Democratic Leader Tom Burroughs (Kansas City), invited Kansas parents and teachers to join them in offering the official rebuttal to Gov. Sam Brownback’s 2015 State of …

Minority Leader Burroughs addresses Kansas House as 2015 session begins

Remarks As Prepared for DeliveryHouse Minority Leader Tom BurroughsKansas House of Representatives Swearing In Ceremony Thank, Mr. Speaker. My beautiful bride of 33 years, Cathie, is here with me today. Cathie, thank you so much for your love and support throughout my 18 years in the Kansa…

2015-2016 Committee Appointments Announced

Incoming House Democratic Leader Tom Burroughs, D-Kansas City, today announced appointments to standing committees for the 2015-2016 legislative term.   “We have a seasoned mix of legislative experience and professional expertise in the House Democratic Caucus,” said Burrou…

Burroughs issues statement regarding school finance ruling

"Kansans never needed a court ruling to know that Governor Brownback's education cuts have had a devastating impact on our communities and our economy. Parents, teachers, and local leaders have struggled with higher fees, programs cuts and growing class sizes for far too long. Gove…

Burroughs comments on efforts to silence JoCo Commission on Aging

TOPEKA – On Monday, Johnson County area legislators attended a meeting of the Johnson County Commission on Aging where they attempted to silence commission members concerns about the new Health Care Compact law.  “Kansans should be extremely concerned about the new Health C…

Minority leader comments on updated revenue estimates

“Governor Brownback's tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations are draining $850 million a year in state revenue and have created a severe budget crisis. If his tax plan is the economic stimulant that the Governor promised it would be, why are there negative revenue projection…