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Brownback now blaming Legislature for tax cuts?

After bragging about his tax policies during his re-election campaign, Gov. Sam Brownback appeared to distance himself from those tax cuts when speaking last week to the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Brownback noted that the tax cuts he first proposed included some “pay-fors” to help offset the cost. “What I got from the Legislature was a naked tax cut with none of the pay-fors,” he said. “I took it because it was the best we were going to get.” Brownback should have vetoed what Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, described at the time as “the worst tax bill ever to come out of” the Statehouse. By signing it, Brownback took ownership. – Phillip Brownlee