Revenue shortfall – The latest disastrous Kansas revenue report immediately spelled trouble for colleges, universities and other state services. Yet Gov. Sam Brownback stubbornly defended his wrongheaded income tax cuts and tried unconvincingly to use the national economy as a scapegoat. How long will Brownback’s tax cuts be allowed to ruin the state’s economy and harm Kansas’ long-term assets, especially in public education?
In a state already running on fumes due to our ultraconservative governor’s ridiculous “trickle down” economic strategy of massive income-tax cuts, February tax revenue came in a staggering $53 million short of estimates. So Kansas has yet another budget shortfall after public education, infrastructure, law enforcement and social services already have been hard hit. You’d think the dismal trend would have those responsible shaken and determined to undo a self-inflicted revenue problem. Instead, the governor smacked the state’s universities with $17 million in cuts.
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For Gov. Sam Brownback, it is well past time to stand up, face Kansas and admit what he did wrong. He should exercise some of that personal responsibility he and his followers always talk about. Own his errors and stop pretending that what is clearly present doesn’t exist. Confess before Kansas the folly of his pride and admit, once and for all, that his experiment with the lives of Kansans has gone very sadly wrong.
When will Kansans fully grasp what is happening and demand reform? Gov. Sam Brownback and his ultra-conservative allies will not admit supply-side economics, which have failed to produce promised results in every instance for the past 30 years, is failing the Sunflower State.
KU basketball – It’s true that University of Kansas basketball fans always expect their team to be good, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate what it takes to win 12 consecutive regular-season championships in the Big 12 conference. Each one of the past 12 years, a different Jayhawk team has won its own championship, its own part of the legacy.