Both Gov. Mark Parkinson and Gov.-elect Sam Brownback are correct about the state's budget outlook, though Brownback's "glass is half empty" while Parkinson's is "half full." Brownback cites a legislative research estimate that the state could face a $500 billion budget shortfall next fiscal year. But Parkinson correctly notes that the $500 billion estimate is based on some assumptions that don't have to be followed, and that the state can cover most of this shortfall through expected revenue growth and by transferring money from the state's highway fund and casino revenue. Brownback is rightly concerned about relying on fund transfers to help balance the budget. But as Parkinson argues, such temporary patches help Kansas get through a down period, and most Kansans would prefer such transfers to making further cuts to education or social services.