GOP address – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback recently delivered the weekly Republican address. Unfortunately, some of what he said was exaggerated or misleading. Like this: “The year I became governor, the state began the fiscal year with just $876.05 in the bank – less than $1,000 and it projected a $500 million deficit. Two years later we had a $500 million ending balance – and did it without tax increases.” Not exactly. What lifted Kansas out of its hole was a 1-cent sales tax that Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson signed into law and that took effect in July 2010. Brownback has benefited from that tax increase his entire term. He also is lobbying the Legislature to keep it in place, even though part of it is supposed to expire this July.