“Republicans once idolized Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback as a tax-cutting superstar – now he’s a lesson in what not to do,” Politico reported Friday. Though they still want to cut taxes, Republican governors and lawmakers in other states want to avoid the severe budget shortfalls Kansas is now facing. “We all like low taxes … but we have to ensure the stability of a revenue stream to provide basic services that our citizens expect,” said Indiana Senate Majority Leader Brandt Hershman. The lessons other states are learning from Brownback, Politico reported, include “smaller cuts over extended periods of time, stopgaps to protect revenues – and avoiding overpromising.” – Phillip Brownlee
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