Tax revenues – Last year’s strong first-quarter tax collections – 53 percent above the previous year – were driven by taxpayers “realizing capital gains and other income in tax year 2012 to take advantage of more favorable federal tax rates set to expire Jan. 1, 2013.” That isn’t our assessment; that comes straight from the Kansas Department of Revenue. Since forecasters were aware of the boost, and its cause, not accounting for it in this year’s budget either was an oversight – or pure foolishness. There should be no surprise Kansas tax receipts are down 45 percent from last year.
It doesn’t take an FBI agent to see the abusive power structure that has landed in Topeka under Gov. Sam Brownback. Any Kansan who has been paying attention can see what the FBI is reportedly searching to uncover. This administration has a suspect track record when it comes to the strategic placement of its friends and allies. Worse still, this administration has planted in Kansas the Machiavellian politics that dominate Washington, D.C. – a system in which lobbyist influence is normalized and industrialized as part of the political process.