In Kansas, Secrecy, Control, and Limited Participation Are Hallmarks Of Brownback's Town Halls
Governor Brownback has some serious control issues. There have been closed door discussions on faith based marriage initiatives, a lack of transparency with proposed tax restructuring and a refusal to comply with an open records request regarding the drafting of proposed abortion clinic regulations.
Beyond these examples of governmental control and secretive actions, his state agency henchmen actively foster a climate of fear within their ranks. People who have legitimate complaints or concerns with the paths that are being taken are scared. These are everyday people, non-political average everyday working Janes and Joes who hold their tongues for fear of reprisal. Heads of local agencies reliant on government funding, find themselves in constant anticipation of the next cut, which could potentially endanger their very existence.