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Whose 'unchecked spending'?

Much of the reaction to Gov. Mark Parkinson's budget cuts has avoided finger-pointing and aptly reflected the fact that Kansans are all in this mess together. Two phrases in the otherwise appreciative statement from the Kansas House's GOP leadership team stood out, though: "the unchecked spending and government growth that occurred under former Gov. Sebelius" and "a broken budget" that Parkinson's "predecessor refused to acknowledge." Surely House Republicans haven't forgotten that their party controlled both chambers of the Legislature, and therefore the state budget, under all six years of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration, just as it has since 1993.