We have a budget crisis. Supporters of the governor can call it what they want, but staring at a $290 million shortage is a crisis regardless of how it’s dressed up. And only one solution makes sense, and that is Option 4: Roll back the income tax cuts.
Over the past several months, an unparalleled amount of attention has been granted to a budget “shortfall” in the state of Kansas. In actuality, Kansas is projected to bring in $143 million more revenue this year than last, with that growth expected to continue next year.
As a U.S. senator, Sam Brownback was second to none in advocating for those suffering because of war, persecution and oppression, often by citing the biblical admonition “that true religion is taking care of widows and orphans and the foreigner amongst you.” That makes him the last governor you’d expect to fearmonger about refugees, as he did again last week by pulling Kansas out of the federal government’s refugee resettlement program.
Taking in refugees from countries that don’t try to stop Islamic extremism in their midst reminds me of the story of a woman who flagged a passing motorist to change a tire. She then asked the generous soul to work quietly and not wake her husband in the back seat.
The infamous $2,500 “bounty” provision and the name of Kansas’ proposed “Student Physical Privacy Act” mirror model legislation from “a massive, deep-pocketed network of lawyers called Alliance Defending Freedom.”
I was incredulous when I read “Drop in ranking due to spending, not tax cuts,” written by executives with the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Kansas Policy Institute, which are widely known to represent corporate interests.
As the U.S. throws more troops at the losing proposition that is the Middle East conflict and the ISIS mess it spawned, who knew we’d look back with nostalgia on the relatively easy standoff with communism that was the Cold War?