State finances – Gov. Sam Brownback is misleading Kansans while ignoring some troubling realities. He trumpets a rebound in the state’s finances – even in the face of stunning declines in revenues. He repeats his mantra that deep tax cuts will grow the Kansas economy as part of a “Midwest renaissance” – even while other governors decline to follow that strategy. Brownback blames the Obama administration for recent revenue shortfalls – even though most states did a better job predicting their receipts this year. And Brownback continues to boast that Kansas has added 50,000 jobs since he became governor in 2011 – failing to acknowledge that Colorado, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri all have created jobs at a faster pace than Kansas.