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Imagine what Brownback’s secret e-mails might say


News that Gov. Sam Brownback has been using a private e-mail account to conduct state business prompted Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah to have fun imagining e-mails that Brownback should be sending – but no doubt isn’t. One e-mail was to economist Arthur Laffer, whom the Brownback administration paid to help craft its tax policy. “I need that $75,000 back,” Brownback says in the fictitious e-mail. “We don’t have to admit your theory was bogus. Just call it your way of helping to create ‘enormous prosperity’ for the state.” Abouhalkah also imagined an e-mail to the Koch brothers asking them to use the hundreds of millions that they plan to spend on the next presidential election to create more jobs in Kansas: “The state can use all the assistance a multibillion-dollar conglomerate in our own backyard can provide.” – Phillip Brownlee