So they said

“‘The sky is falling’ is so much rhetoric.” – House Speaker Ray Merrick (in photo), R-Stilwell, defending the House budget’s 4 percent across-the-board cut to the state’s higher-education system

“I would submit to you that higher ed is out of control.” – Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, pointing to rising tuition in defending the proposed cut

“I think they understand that there is so much bad stuff in this budget that they don’t want people to have time to read it – or else they wouldn’t support it.” – Rep. John Wilson, D-Lawrence, on the 512-page budget