TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is floating a proposal to cap the annual growth in state spending at 2 percent, an idea that has broad appeal among his fellow Kansas conservatives.
But Brownback said Tuesday that he’ll leave the details of how best to implement the cap to the GOP-controlled Legislature.
Brownback said during a brief interview that he’s not proposing to amend the state constitution to limit spending growth, which was a past goal of anti-tax, small-government groups. Aides suggest the administration will pursue legislation, but Brownback would say only that he’ll work with lawmakers.
He believes a cap will help boost the economy.
Democrats and less conservative Republicans are wary, saying a cap could prevent the state from adequately funding public schools or keeping up with rising costs of social services.