Lagging economy – Gov. Sam Brownback and his supporters have their bias: They still contend lower taxes will bring in more businesses. Yet state budget cuts are draining revenue needed to provide high-quality schools and public services that attract businesses, setting up alarming possibilities of annual deficits and deep budget cuts to come. Meanwhile, unbiased federal job numbers show the governor’s economic plan is not helping Kansas keep up with most of its neighbors, much less pull ahead of them.
Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Kansas’ bond rating, and it noted that Kansas’ economic recovery has lagged the nation’s and surrounding states. The question for Gov. Sam Brownback and company is whether the worst of the economic news is still a year or so out, or if April’s severe revenue drop means that doomsday is arriving earlier than expected – like before November’s election.
The fault for Kansas’ financial predicament lies squarely with Gov. Sam Brownback and the toadies and bootlickers with which he has stacked the Statehouse and whose numbers are so great that four of them authored the Kansas budget, which then passed with no House debate. Republican voters should realize we aren’t in Kansas anymore – and haven’t been for four years now – and make some changes at the polls come this August and November. Provided, of course, they can secure a ballot.
Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and billionaire Koch brothers have made political inroads in Kansas through deliberately misleading ads. In 2012, they filled Kansans’ mailboxes with last-minute postcards designed to take down state lawmakers who challenged their radical legislative pursuits. Promoting a political agenda is one thing. Distorting the truth to gain an advantage is another.