Rare bipartisan support… with a chuckle

Gov. Sam Brownback joins Democrats during an news conference Friday.

TOPEKA — Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to reduce income taxes has drawn a flurry of criticism since he announced it at the start of the legislative session.

This morning he took a break from the serious debate over taxes to crack a joke in the company of Democratic leaders as they joined in rare bipartisan support to speed up some highway repair projects.

Brownback walked into his ceremonial office with other political leaders as tape recorders started and cameras clicked in standard news conference fashion.

His first line at the mic: “We’re all gathered here today to announce support for my tax package.”

The room erupted in laughter. It must be a Friday in Topeka.