Budget mess – With the state sinking in debt and borrowing more, less state funding will trickle down to communities. While wealthier school districts will have no problem relying more on local support for public schools, it’s a dismal prospect elsewhere – including smaller, rural districts in western Kansas. Blame the mess on the 2012 GOP primary loss of many pro-education state senators who were sent packing in favor of candidates endorsed by an ultraconservative Americans for Prosperity-Kansas Chamber-Koch brothers faction that works against public schools. Kansans who sat out that primary – and teachers in particular – should take notice.
Some of the state’s credit risks will be increasingly borne by local governments, which will find themselves cushioning the blow on residents who’ve relied on state services and programs that, because of the lack of revenue, are being cut back. Now, apparently not content to slash state revenue, the Legislature and Brownback have taken to cutting revenue counties rely on. In eliminating the mortgage registration fee, the Legislature and governor have only added insult to injury.