Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign rhetoric is being used against him as he cuts state spending to close a budget shortfall. Twitter users noted how Brownback’s claims about increased state funding for K-12 education were based in part on counting state pension contributions. Therefore, using that logic, Brownback’s reduction of $41 million in pension funding counts as an education funding cut. Others contrasted Brownback’s campaign commercial about how “the sun is shining in Kansas” with the grim financial reality. A Kansas.com reader posted a comment expressing gratitude that the sun is shining, given that Brownback wants to take $96 million from the highway fund: “You’ll need the sun to see the potholes. Don’t drive at night.” – Phillip Brownlee
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