About 100 protesters rally against Brownback, GOP lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - About 100 people protested outside the Kansas Statehouse against Republican Gov. Sam Brownback and the GOP-controlled Legislature on Monday.

The protesters argued that Brownback and his legislative allies are moving the state too far to the right.

They were upset with massive income tax cuts approved last year, arguing that they'll help the wealthy while leading to big cuts in spending on public schools and social services. The groups included the American Federation of Teachers and the National Organization for Women.

They rallied shortly before the Legislature opened its annual session.

AFT-Kansas President Lisa Ochs said the groups are ready to fight Brownback and his allies.

Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said the governor will protect core state services with the budget proposals he'll outline this week.

 

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